Expressions of disciplinarity and individuality in a multimodal genre

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Recent research has illuminated some of the ways in which multilingual writers project multiple identities in their writing, conveying disciplinary allegiances as well as more personal expressions of individuality. Such work has focused on the writers' uses of various verbal expressions, but has to this point overlooked the ways in which they manipulate the visual mode as a means for identity expression. The present study examines expressions of identity in a corpus of multimodal texts written by four multilingual graduate student writers. I consider how the writers' uses of various verbal and visual expressions in their Microsoft PowerPoint presentation slides project both disciplinarity and individuality and how each individual's habitus has been influenced by both the discourses they have encountered and their personal reactions towards those discourses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-336
Number of pages18
JournalComputers and Composition
Issue number3 SPEC. ISS.
StatePublished - 2005


  • Genre
  • Identity
  • Multimodality
  • Presentation slides
  • Second language writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language


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