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ERIC Number: EJ1158734
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Oct
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0741-0883
Multimodal Resemiotization and Authorial Agency in an L2 Writing Classroom
Cimasko, Tony; Shin, Dong-shin
Written Communication, v34 n4 p387-413 Oct 2017
This study examines the composing process and authorial agency of a college ESL writer as she remediated an argumentative essay into a multimodal digital video. Employing principles of sociosemiotic ethnography, and drawing on the concepts of resemiotization and recontextualization, the study investigated multiple types of data, including an argumentative paper, video transcript, multimedia video, interview transcripts, and observation notes. Data analysis shows that her choice and orchestration of modal resources were shaped by her textual identity construction work, efforts to accommodate perceived audiences, and previous experience with the medium. Remediation with multimedia offered the student more semiotic resources to expand authorship, but the contextual forces of audience and medium bounded her authorial expression. The student's multimodal writing illustrated discursive processes of negotiating and performing authorial positions for rhetorical goals with awareness of the linguistic, social, and cultural contexts of text production. This investigation ultimately aims to expand aspects of multimodal writing and literacy practice by examining the discursive nature of the design process in linguistically and culturally diverse contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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