Multimodal language of attitude in digital composition

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Mills, Kathy A., Stone, Bessie G., Unsworth, Len and Friend, Lesley. (2020). Multimodal language of attitude in digital composition. Written Communication. 37(2), pp. 135-166. https://doi.org/10.1177/0741088319897978
AuthorsMills, Kathy A., Stone, Bessie G., Unsworth, Len and Friend, Lesley
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Communication using popular digital media involves understanding multimodal systems of appraisal for expressing attitude, which traditionally deals with emotions, ethics, and aesthetics in language. The formulation and teaching of multimodal grammars for attitudinal meanings in popular texts and culture is currently underresearched. This article reports findings from multisite qualitative research that developed students’ ability to use semiotic resources for communicating attitude multimodally. The research participants were 68 students (ages 9–11 years) from two elementary schools. Students learned how to use attitudinal language—affect, judgment, and appreciation—and applied this knowledge to multimodal design. The findings advance a leading system of appraisal for discourse by adapting the system to the multimodal communication of attitude in digital comic making in schooling. The research is significant because it demonstrates the potentials for augmenting students’ linguistic and visual semiotic resources to convey multimodal attitudinal meanings in contemporary communication.

Keywordsappraisal; comics; communication; digital media; multimodal; visual mode
Year2020
JournalWritten Communication
Journal citation37 (2), pp. 135-166
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN0741-0883
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0741088319897978
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FunderAustralian Research Council
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Unsworth, Len, Meneses, Alejandra, Ow Gonzalez, Maili and Castillo, Guillermo. (2014). Analysing the semiotic potential of typographic resources in picture books in english and in translation. International Research in Children's Literature. 7(2), pp. 117 - 135. https://doi.org/10.3366/ircl.2014.0127
CUOL : See you online
Mills, Kathy A.. (2013). CUOL : See you online. Screen education. 70(Winter), pp. 52-57.
Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Children's Picture Books
Painter, Clare, Martin, J. R. and Unsworth, Len. (2013). Reading Visual Narratives: Image Analysis of Children's Picture Books Equinox Publishing Ltd.
Yarning circles in the literacy classroom
Mills, Kathy A., Sunderland, Naomi and Davis-Warra, John. (2013). Yarning circles in the literacy classroom. The Reading Teacher. 67(4), pp. 285-289. https://doi.org/10.1002/trtr.1195
Space, place and power : The spatial turn in literacy research
Mills, Kathy A. and Comber, Barbara. (2013). Space, place and power : The spatial turn in literacy research. In In Hall, Kathy, Cremin, Teresa, Comber, Barbara and Moll, Luis C. (Ed.). International handbook of research in children’s literacy, learning and culture pp. 412-423 Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118323342.ch30
The architecture of children's use of language and tools when problem solving collaboratively with robotics
Mills, Kathy A., Chandra, Vinesh and Park, Ji Yong. (2013). The architecture of children's use of language and tools when problem solving collaboratively with robotics. Australian Educational Researcher. 40(3), pp. 315-337. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-013-0094-z
Multimodal and monomodal discourses of marketization in higher education : Power, ideology, and the absence of the image
Mills, Kathy Ann. (2013). Multimodal and monomodal discourses of marketization in higher education : Power, ideology, and the absence of the image. 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. San Francisco, CA 27 Apr - 01 May 2013 American Educational Research Association. pp. 1-8
Sensing place : Embodiment, sensoriality, kinesis, and children behind the camera
Mills, Kathy, Comber, Barbara and Kelly, Pippa. (2013). Sensing place : Embodiment, sensoriality, kinesis, and children behind the camera. English Teaching: Practice and Critique. 12(2), pp. 11-27.
Re-configuring image-language relations and interpretive possibilities in picture books as animated movies: A site for developing multi-modal literacy pedagogy
Unsworth, Len. (2013). Re-configuring image-language relations and interpretive possibilities in picture books as animated movies: A site for developing multi-modal literacy pedagogy. Ilha do Desterro: a journal of English language, literatures in English, and cultural studies. 64, pp. 15 - 47. https://doi.org/10.5007/2175-8026.2013n64p15
Digital natives? New and old media and children's language acquisition
Bittman, M, Rutherford, Leonie, Brown, Jude and Unsworth, Len. (2012). Digital natives? New and old media and children's language acquisition. Family Matters.
Parsing the Australian curriculum English : Grammar, multimodality and cross-cultural texts
Exley, Beryl and Mills, Kathy A.. (2012). Parsing the Australian curriculum English : Grammar, multimodality and cross-cultural texts. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 35(2), pp. 192-205.
Enhancing expressions of attitudes: Achieving equity for international students in everyday communication
Unsworth, Len, Feez, Susan and Ngo, Thu. (2012). Enhancing expressions of attitudes: Achieving equity for international students in everyday communication. TESOL in Context. S3, pp. 1 - 10.
Evaluation of students' digital animated multimodal narratives and the indentification of high-performing classrooms
Chandler, Paul D., Unsworth, Len and O'Brien, Annemaree. (2012). Evaluation of students' digital animated multimodal narratives and the indentification of high-performing classrooms. The Journal of Literacy and Technology: an international online academic journal. 13(3), pp. 80 - 127.
Image-language interaction in online reading environments: Challenges for students' reading comprehension
Chan, Eveline and Unsworth, Len. (2011). Image-language interaction in online reading environments: Challenges for students' reading comprehension. The Australian Educational Researcher. 38(2), pp. 181 - 202. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-011-0023-y
A grammatics 'good enough' for school English in the 21st century: Four challenges in realising the potential
Macken-Horarik, Mary Rose, Love, Kristina and Unsworth, Len. (2011). A grammatics 'good enough' for school English in the 21st century: Four challenges in realising the potential. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 34(1), pp. 9 - 23.
'I'm making it different to the book' : Transmediation in young children's multimodal and digital texts
Mills, Kathy. (2011). 'I'm making it different to the book' : Transmediation in young children's multimodal and digital texts. Australian Journal of Early Childhood. 36(3), pp. 56-65. https://doi.org/10.1177/183693911103600308
Analysis and comprehension of multimodal texts
Daly, Ann and Unsworth, Len. (2011). Analysis and comprehension of multimodal texts. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 34(1), pp. 61 - 80.
Inciting the social imagination to realizing the dream : An unfolding story of transformative action in a low- socioeconomic school
Mills, Kathy. (2011). Inciting the social imagination to realizing the dream : An unfolding story of transformative action in a low- socioeconomic school. 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association. New Orleans, LA 08 - 12 Apr 2011 American Educational Research Association. pp. 1-8
iPed pedagogy for digital text production
Mills, Kathy Ann and Levido, Amanda. (2011). iPed pedagogy for digital text production. The Reading Teacher. 65(1), pp. 80-91.
'Now I know their secrets' : Kineikonic texts in the literacy classroom
Mills, Kathy. (2011). 'Now I know their secrets' : Kineikonic texts in the literacy classroom. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 34(1), pp. 24-37.
Microblogging as a literacy practice for educational communities
Mills, Kathy and Chandra, Vinesh. (2011). Microblogging as a literacy practice for educational communities. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 55(1), pp. 35-45. https://doi.org/10.1598/JAAL.55.1.4
Digital Natives? :New and Old Media and Children's Outcomes
Bittman, M, Rutherford, Leonie, Brown, Jude and Unsworth, Len. (2011). Digital Natives? :New and Old Media and Children's Outcomes. Australian Journal of Education. 55(2), pp. 161 - 175.
The multiliteracies classroom
Mills, Kathy A.. (2011). The multiliteracies classroom Multilingual Matters.
Organizing Visual Meaning: Framing and Balance in Picture-Book Images
Painter, Clare, Martin, J, J. and Unsworth, Len. (2010). Organizing Visual Meaning: Framing and Balance in Picture-Book Images. In In S Dreyfus, Susan Hood and Maree Stenglin (Ed.). pp. 125 - 143 Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
“Filming in progress” : New spaces for multimodal designing
Mills, Kathy A.. (2010). “Filming in progress” : New spaces for multimodal designing. Linguistics and Education. 21(1), pp. 14-28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.linged.2009.12.003
Multiliteracies, e-literature and English teaching
Unsworth, Len. (2010). Multiliteracies, e-literature and English teaching. Language and Education. 22(1), pp. 62 - 75. https://doi.org/10.2167/le726.0
Shrek meets Vygotsky : Rethinking adolescents multimodal literacy practices in schools
Mills, Kathy. (2010). Shrek meets Vygotsky : Rethinking adolescents multimodal literacy practices in schools. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy. 54(1), pp. 35-45. https://doi.org/10.1598/JAAL.54.1.4
Introducing Multimodal Literacy to Young Children Learning English as a Second Language (ESL)
Unsworth, Leonard and Bush, Rosemary. (2010). Introducing Multimodal Literacy to Young Children Learning English as a Second Language (ESL). In In David R Cole and Darren L Pullen (Ed.). pp. 59 - 83 Routledge.
Multiliteracies and metalanguage: Describing image/text relations as a resource for negotiating multimodal texts
Unsworth, L.. (2009). Multiliteracies and metalanguage: Describing image/text relations as a resource for negotiating multimodal texts. In In J. Coiro, M. Knobel and C. Lankshear et al. (Ed.). Handbook of Research on New Literacies pp. 377 - 405 Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781410618894
Floating on a sea of talk : Reading comprehension through speaking and listening
Mills, Kathy A.. (2009). Floating on a sea of talk : Reading comprehension through speaking and listening. The Reading Teacher. 63(4), pp. 325-329. https://doi.org/10.1598/RT.63.4.8
Multiliteracies : Interrogating competing discourses
Mills, Kathy A.. (2009). Multiliteracies : Interrogating competing discourses. Language and Education. 23(2), pp. 103-116. https://doi.org/10.1080/09500780802152762
Bridging multimodal literacies and national assessment programs in literacy
Unsworth, Lem and Chan, Eveline. (2009). Bridging multimodal literacies and national assessment programs in literacy. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy.
Exploring the Narrative Art of David Weisner: Using a Grammar of Visual Design and Learning Experiences on the World Wide Web
Unsworth, Len and Ortigas, Isable. (2008). Exploring the Narrative Art of David Weisner: Using a Grammar of Visual Design and Learning Experiences on the World Wide Web. L1 Educational Studies in Language and Literature.
Explicating inter-modal meaning-making in media and literary texts: Towards a metalanguage of image/language relations
Unsworth, Len. (2008). Explicating inter-modal meaning-making in media and literary texts: Towards a metalanguage of image/language relations. In In A. Burn and C. Durrant (Ed.). Media Teaching: Language, Audience and Production pp. 48 - 80 Wakefield Press.
Comparing and composing digital re-presentations of literature: Multimedia authoring and meta-communicative knowledge
Unsworth, Len. (2008). Comparing and composing digital re-presentations of literature: Multimedia authoring and meta-communicative knowledge. In In L. Unsworth (Ed.). New Literacies and the English Curriculum : Multimodal Perspectives pp. 186 - 211 Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Transformed practice in a pedagogy of multiliteracies
Mills, Kathy A.. (2008). Transformed practice in a pedagogy of multiliteracies. Pedagogies: An international journal. 3(2), pp. 109-128. https://doi.org/10.1080/15544800801929419
Assessing integrative reading of images and text in group reading comprehension tests
Unsworth, Len and Chan, Eveline. (2008). Assessing integrative reading of images and text in group reading comprehension tests. Curriculum Perspectives.
Access to multiliteracies : A critical ethnography
Mills, Kathy Ann. (2007). Access to multiliteracies : A critical ethnography. Ethnography and Education. 2(3), pp. 305-325. https://doi.org/10.1080/17457820701547310
'Mr Travelling-at-will Ted Doyle' : Discourses in a multiliteracies classroom
Mills, Kathy A.. (2006). 'Mr Travelling-at-will Ted Doyle' : Discourses in a multiliteracies classroom. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 29(2), pp. 132-154.
"We've been wastin' a whole million watchin' her doin' her shoes" : Situated practice within a pedagogy of multiliteracies
Mills, Kathy A.. (2006). "We've been wastin' a whole million watchin' her doin' her shoes" : Situated practice within a pedagogy of multiliteracies. Australian Educational Researcher. 33(3), pp. 13-33. https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03216840
Deconstructing binary oppositions in literacy discourse and pedagogy
Mills, Kathy. (2005). Deconstructing binary oppositions in literacy discourse and pedagogy. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy. 28(1), pp. 67-82.