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Title: ‘Community’, semiotic flows, and mediated contribution to activity
Author: Steven L Thorne
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Homepage: https://sites.google.com/site/stevenlthorne/
Institution: Portland State University
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Abstract: This article begins with an overview and problematization of the term community through a brief assessment of its history, diverse uses, core attributes, heterogeneous elements, and collocational companions. Following this, I describe demographics and processes associated with collective engagement in digitally mediated environments. Utilizing select alternatives to the term ‘community’ and incorporating the cultural-historical notions of mediation and activity, I then present research describing exogenous influences affecting educational uses of technology in L2 settings, the use of instant messaging and blogging for out-of-class FL interaction at the secondary school level, and a pedagogically focused example of a remixing text posted to an online fan fiction website. I conclude by proposing bridging activities as an approach for connecting the emergent logics of digital vernaculars with the analytics of formal schooling.

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This article appears IN Language Teaching Vol. 42, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .



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