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Interpreting Vietnamese picturebooks with a Western semiotic framework

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posted on 2023-05-23, 14:47 authored by Huynh, NT, Angela ThomasAngela Thomas, Vinh ToVinh To
The use of children's picturebooks has been reported as supporting both cultural and intercultural awareness in children. One of the well-known theories accounting for contemporary analysis of picturebooks is the social semiotics. However, research on intercultural awareness to date has not examined the ways in which non-Western picturebooks can be interpreted by Western semiotic frameworks. The primary aim of this paper is to demonstrate how images in East Asian picturebooks can be analyzed by a Western semiotic framework. To do this, we analyzed several selected double-page openings in one Vietnamese picturebook with a framework developed by Painter, Martin, and Unsworth (2013). The findings were that general meanings of the selected images can be interpreted with the proposed Western framework. However, the cultural meanings of these images are not revealed by using this framework. Further studies on a framework for interpreting cultural meanings of East Asian images in picturebooks are recommended. Findings and suggestions from this paper also provide helpful references for Vietnamese teachers of English to apply picturebooks in their classrooms.


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Proceedings of the 8th OpenTESOL International Conference




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Open University, Ho Chi Minh City

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Open University, Ho Chi Minh City

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8th OpenTESOL International Conference

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Virtual Conference, Online

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