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Wed Apr 24 2019

Books: Language, Literacy, and Technology: Kern

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Date: 05-Apr-2019
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Subject: Language, Literacy, and Technology: Kern
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Title: Language, Literacy, and Technology
Published: 2019
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Author: Richard Kern
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107642850 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 31.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107642850 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 23.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9781107642850 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 28.00

From the origins of writing to today's computer-mediated communication, material technologies shape how we read and write, how we construe and share knowledge, and ultimately how we understand ourselves in relation to the world. However, communication technologies are themselves designed in particular social and cultural contexts and their use is adapted in creative ways by individuals. In this book, Richard Kern explores how technology matters to language and the ways in which we use it. Kern reveals how material, social and individual resources interact in the design of textual meaning, and how that interaction plays out across contexts of communication, different situations of technological mediation, and different moments in time. Showing how people have adapted visual forms to various media as well as to social needs, this study culminates in five fundamental principles to guide language and literacy education in a period of rapid technological and social change.

Introduction; Part I. Designing Meaning: 1. Communication by design; 2. Material resources: the medium matters; 3. Social ecologies; 4. The individual and design; Part II. Interactions of the Material, the Social, and the Individual: 5. Ancient writing in Mesopotamia; 6. Paper and print; 7. Writing redesigned: electronically mediated discourse; 8. Multimodal discourse; Part III. Educational Implications: 9. Principles and goals in language and literacy education; 10. Toward a relational pedagogy.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Ling & Literature

Written In: English (eng)

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