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Sign Systems Studies
Film scholarship has consistently avoided discussing how we learn to understand the complex, multimodal systems of communication that moving-image media (referred to here as 'movies') have evolved into over the last 125 years. This article offers some reasons for this neglect: in particular, the popular assumption that movies are extremely easy to understand, and the relative lack of research on two-year-olds – the crucial phase in which this learning must take place. Drawing on a 20-monthdoi:10.12697/sss.2020.48.1.04 fatcat:iuxgeq7epzendkv6tdr5yuluri