Language, Identity and Cycling in the New Media Age

Exploring Interpersonal Semiotics in Multimodal Media and Online Texts

  • Patrick Kiernan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Identities in the Media

  3. Identity and Online Communities

  4. Multimodality, Corporate Identity, and Market Positioning

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 301-306

About this book


This book examines how identities associated with cycling are evoked, narrated and negotiated in a media context dominated by digital environments. Arguing that the nature of identity is being impacted by the changing nature of the material and semiotic resources available for making meaning, the author introduces an approach to exploring such identity positioning through the interrelated frameworks of Systemic Functional Linguistics and Multimodal Analysis, and illustrates how this happens in practice. The book is divided into three parts, each of which focuses on a different aspect of identity and media environment. Part I considers celebrity identities in the conventional media of print and television. Part II investigates community and leisure / sporting identity through an online cycling forum, while Part III examines corporate identity realised through corporate websites, consumer reviews and Youtube channels. This unique volume will appeal to students and scholars of discourse analysis, applied linguistics and the world of cycling.

Patrick Kiernan is Associate Professor in the School of Business Administration at Meiji University, Japan. His research specialises in Applied Linguistics and he is the author of Narrative, Identity and Language Teaching. He is also an avid cyclist. 


applied linguistics communication identity linguistics media semantics semiotics social science sociolinguistics sports cycling language in cycling bicycle

Authors and affiliations

  • Patrick Kiernan
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Business AdministrationMeiji UniversityTokyoJapan

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