Meaning between, in, and around words, gestures and postures: multimodal meaning making in children's classroom communication

TAYLOR, Roberta (2014). Meaning between, in, and around words, gestures and postures: multimodal meaning making in children's classroom communication. Language and Education, 28 (5), 401-420.

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Abstract

The view of language from a social semiotic perspective is clear. Language is one of many semiotic resources we employ in our communicative practices. That is to say that while language is at times dominant, it always operates within a multimodal frame and furthermore, at times modes other than language are dominant. The proposed 2014 National Curriculum for the UK, on the other hand, values pupils' face-to-face classroom interaction in terms of standard spoken English (i.e. in terms of the mode of language alone). This paper offers examples demonstrating how embodied modes such as gesture, posture, facial expression, gaze and haptics work in conjunction with speech in children's collaborative construction of knowledge. In other words, what may have been previously conceived as gaps and silences - often interpreted as an absence of language - are in fact instantiations of the work of semiotic modes other than language. In order to consider this closely, this paper offers evidence from a multimodal micro-analysis of pupil-to-pupil, face-to-face interaction in one science lesson in a Year Five UK Primary classroom. It demonstrates how children's meaning-making is achieved through apt use of all available semiotic resources.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Institute of Education
Identification Number: 10.1080/09500782.2014.885038
Depositing User: Roberta Taylor
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2015 10:13
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2016 22:17
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10444

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