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ERIC Number: EJ916160
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Scriptwriting as a Tool for Learning Stylistic Variation
Saugera, Valerie
Foreign Language Annals, v44 n1 p137-152 Spr 2011
A film script is a useful tool for allowing students to experiment with language variation. Scripts of love stories comprise a range of language contexts, each triggering a different style on a formal-neutral-informal linguistic continuum: (1) technical cinematographic language in camera directions; (2) narrative language in exposition of scenes, sets, and characters; and (3) quasi-spoken intimate language in dialogue between fictional lovers. The project presented in this article required students in a French writing and translation course to make short films a la "Paris, je t'aime" (Benbihy & Ossard, 2006) by collaborating on a sequence of tasks: writing a screenplay, shooting a short film, subtitling a peer group's film, and writing reviews. The sequence was designed as an introduction to stylistic variation through reflection and experimentation of pluristylistic (idiomatic) writing. (Contains 5 notes and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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