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Title: Multiliteracies and Metalanguage: Describing Image/Text Relations as a Resource for Negotiating Multimodal Texts
Contributor(s): Unsworth, Len  (author)
Publication Date: 2008
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Abstract: New Literacies are diverse, dynamic, immediate, interactive, multimodal, rapidly evolving, and requisite for living and learning in the age of information and communication technologies (ICTs). This chapter explores a central principle of new literacies: that they are multiple in nature (New London Group, 2000). It focuses on the nature and role of a metalanguage that encompasses an integrated description of the combined meaning-making resources of language and images in multimodal texts. Image/text relations contribute to new literacies' typical representation of meaning in multiple modalities, which also include music, sound effects, and digital affordances such as windows and hyperlinks. This multimodal communication of meaning is one key dimension of the ongoing reconceptualization of literacy that has led to the construct of multiliteracies (New London Group, 2000; Unsworth, 2001).
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Handbook of Research on New Literacies, p. 377-405
Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
Place of Publication: New York, USA
ISBN: 9780805856514
Field of Research (FOR): 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): 930302 Syllabus and Curriculum Development
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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