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MODL2250 Reading List

Digital Communications Across Cultures, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Alessio Baldini
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Lectures readings (please note the list will expand as the lectures proceed):

Wk 1 Lecture: Introduction to the module - Communication in pandemic times

1. Elisabetta Adami, "How, where and who will we meet and hug again? And why this matters. Understanding Communication in a Global Pandemic and the Future of Social Interaction," in PanMeMic, 19/05/2020, 

Wk 2 Lecture: Modes

  1. Adami, E. (2017) Multimodality. In O. Garcia, N. Flores and M. Spotti The Oxford Handbook of Language and Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (pp.451-472)  
  2. Jones, Rodney H. (2016) Discourse analysis : a resource book for students ISBN: 9780415610001 (pbk.) : £18.99; 9780415609999 (hbk.) : £65.00; 0415609992 (hbk.) : £65.00; 0415610001 (pbk.) : £18.99. London: Routledge. Sections: A9. Multimodal Discourse Analysis (pp.36-39); B9. Modes, Meaning and Action (pp.89-95); C9. Analyzing multimodality (pp.139-145); D9. Two Perspectives on Multimodality (pp.220-230). Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  

Wk3 Lecture: Media

  1. Williams R (1976/1984) ‘communication’ (p.72-73) ‘media’ and ‘mediation’ (p. 203-207) and ‘culture’ (p. 87-93) in Keywords. A Vocabulary of Culture and Society. OUP 
  2. Kress G and van Leeuwen T (2001) Multimodal Discourse: The modes and media of contemporary communication London: Arnold. Introduction pp.1-23  Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva  
  3. Madianou M. (2015) Polymedia and Ethnography: Understanding the Social in Social Media. Social Media + Society Apr-Jun 1-3

Wk4 Seminar: Semiotic and Media Landscapes

1. Adami, Elisabetta et al. (2020) PanMeMic Manifesto: Making meaning in the Covid-19 pandemic and the future of social interactionWorking Papers in Urban Language and Literacies no 273.  

Wk5 Lecture: Culture

Wk6 Lecture: Intercultural

Wk9 Lecture: Multilingualism and Translanguaging

  • Otheguy, Ricardo, Garcia, Ofelia & Reid, Wallis (2015) ‘Clarifying translanguaging and deconstructng named languages: A perspective from linguistics’. Applied Linguistics Review 6: 281-307.  
  • Li Wei & Zhu, Hua (2013) ‘Translanguaging identities and ideologies: Creating transnational space through flexible multilingual practice amongst Chinese university students in the UK’. Applied Linguistics 34: 516-35.  
  • Pennycook, Alistair & Otsuji, Emi (2014) ‘Metrolingual multitasking and spatial repertoires: “Pizza mo two minutes coming”’ Journal of Sociolinguistics 18: 161-84.  

Further Reading on Linguistic Landscapes


Good overview

  • Van Mensel, Luk, Vanderbroucke, Mieke, & Blackwood, Robert (2017) ‘Linguistic Landscapes’. In Garcia, Ofelia, Flores, Nelson & Spotti, Massimiliano (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Language and Society. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 423-450.

More complex

Some other chapters from the Oxford Handbook on Language and Society may also be useful to your assignments – available electronically via the library. Note that some of them are quite challenging to read!

Wk10 Lecture: English for International Communication

  • Sowden Colin (2012) ELF on a mushroom: the overnight growth in English as a Lingua Franca, ELT Journal 66/1, 89-96  
  • Carrington Vicky & Allan Luke (1997) Literacy and Bourdieu's Sociological Theory: A Reframing,  Language and Education, 11:2, 96-112  

Wk14 Lecture: Digital Spaces


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Further readings:

  • Jones, Hafner. 2012. Understanding digital literacies : a practical introduction ISBN: 9780415673167 (hbk.); 041567316X (hbk.); 9780415673150 (pbk.); 0415673151 (pbk.), London & New York: Routledge, pp. 1-15; 115-128.  
  • Jenkins, Jennifer (2006). Current Perspectives on Teaching World Englishes and English as a Lingua Franca. In TESOL quarterly. ISSN: 0039-8322 40/1, pp. 157-181.  

This list was last updated on 01/12/2020