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Editor: Frank Bramlett, UNO faculty member.

Chapter 8: Linguistic Codes and Character Identity in Afro Samurai, authored by Frank Bramlett.

Do Irish superheroes actually sound Irish? Why are Gary Larson's Far Side cartoons funny? How do political cartoonists in India, Turkey, and the US get their point across? What is the impact of English on comics written in other languages? These questions and many more are answered in this volume, which brings together the two fields of comics research and linguistics to produce groundbreaking scholarship. With an international cast of contributors, the book offers novel insights into the role of language in comics, graphic novels, and single-panel cartoons, analyzing the intersections between the visual and the verbal. Contributions examine the relationship between cognitive linguistics and visual elements as well as interrogate the controversial claim about the status of comics as a language. The book argues that comics tell us a great deal about the sociocultural realities of language, exploring what code switching, language contact, dialect, and linguistic variation can tell us about identity - from the imagined and stereotyped to the political and real.



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Palgrave Macmillan


New York, New York




For Chapter 8, available for download on this site: Frank Bramlett, Linguistic Codes and Character Identity in Afro Samurai, 2012, Palgrave Macmillan, reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan.

'This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available here:

<i> Linguistics and the Study of Comics </i>

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