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Kay O'Halloran

Kay O’Halloran is Director of the Multimodal Analysis Lab, National University of Singapore.  She is Associate Professor in the Department of English Language & Literature at the National University of Singapore where she has been teaching and undertaking research in multimodal discourse analysis since 1998.

Kay O’Halloran is an internationally recognised scholar in multimodal analysis and she has given plenary addresses on multimodal approaches to mathematics and science and the use of digital technology for multimodal analysis at international conferences in Australia, England, Japan, Italy, Austria and Finland. Kay O’Halloran established the multimedia laboratory, the Laboratory for Research in Semiotics (LRS) in the Department of English Language & Literature in 2000 to undertake research in multimodality with her Semiotics Research Group (SRG).  She is editor of Multimodal Discourse Analysis (2004, reprinted 2006), a volume featuring her postgraduate students’ research in multimodality, and her latest publications include Mathematical Discourse: Language, Symbolism and Visual Images (2005). She developed Systemics 1.0 software for linguistic analysis, in collaboration with Associate Professor Kevin Judd (Mathematics Department, University of Western Australia) in 2002.

Kay O’Halloran received her Ph.D. degree in Communication Studies from Murdoch University (Western Australia), and her B.Sc. (mathematics), Dip.Ed. and B.Ed. (1st Class Honours) from the University of Western Australia.



Kay O'Halloran is plenary speaker at these conferences in 2007 - 2010

Kay O'Halloran GCOE Conference Nagoya - February 2008


Kay O'Halloran is invited speaker at these workshops, seminars & events in 2007 - 2010

  • O'Halloran, Kay L. & Judd, Kevin.  Social Cultural Modeling of Effective Influence. Cognition Decision Human Systems Interface and Socio-Cultural Modeling Joint Program Review. US Air Force Office Scientific Research (AFOSR), Arlington, USA, 25-29 January 2010.

  • Print and Digital Texts Workshop
    English Language Teaching Seminar (ELTS 2009) Multiliteracies: Exposing, Exploring and Experimenting  
    Ministry of Education (Singapore), Singapore Management University, 18-20 November 2009

  • Social Semiotic Analysis: ‘Gesture’ from HSBC ‘Cultural Collisions’ Advertising Campaign Workshop
    The 3rd Finnish Symposium on Functional Linguistics and Multisemiotic Discourse  Analysis - MUST-3
    University of Helsinki, Finland, 26-28 August 2009

  • Systemic Functional Tools for Multimodal Analysis of Social Relations and Ideas
    Social Disorganisation and Human Evolution: Media Disruption of Social Transmission Workshop
    Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom, 24-27 September 2008

  • From Systemic Functional Linguistics to Multimodal Discourse Analysis
    Department of Foreign Languages and Applied Linguistics Seminar
    Yuan Ze University, Taipei, Taiwan, 8 June 2007

  • Systemic Functional Multimodal Discourse Analysis Approach to Mathematics and Science Discourse
    Graduate Institute of Science Education Seminar
    National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan, 7 June 2007










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