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Learning, Media and Technology

Volume 37, Issue 2, 2012

Special Issue: Rhetoric and the politics of representation and communication in the digital age

Linguistic layering: social language development in the context of multimodal design and digital technologies

Linguistic layering: social language development in the context of multimodal design and digital technologies

DOI:
10.1080/17439884.2012.670645
Myrrh Domingoa*

pages 177-197


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Received: 23 Dec 2011
Accepted: 15 Feb 2012
Version of record first published: 28 Mar 2012
Article Views: 131

Abstract

In our contemporary society, digital texts circulate more readily and extend beyond page-bound formats to include interactive representations such as online newsprint with hyperlinks to audio and video files. This is to say that multimodality combined with digital technologies extends grammar to include voice, visual, and music, among other modes for articulating ideas beyond written language. In this paper, I discuss these multimodal designs in relation to a group of transcultural youth and their multilingual exchanges online. I examine patterns that reveal how their linguistic exchanges both drew from and extended beyond in-school literacy practices. Using discourse and multimodal analyses, I examine data from a 3-year ethnography that documents specific ways in which their multimodal design migrated across contexts and facilitated their social language development. In so doing, I describe their artistic approach to attending to language variety beyond code-switching through a process I identify as linguistic layering.

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  • Received: 23 Dec 2011
  • Accepted: 15 Feb 2012
  • Version of record first published: 28 Mar 2012

Author affiliations

  • a Department of Teaching and Learning, New York University, New York, USA

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