Locating Lexical Richness Across Digital Multimodalities: A Statistical Inquiry and Educational Implications (73492)

Session Information: Language Development & Literacy
Session Chair: Carla Cristina Fernandes Monteiro

Saturday, 23 September 2023 12:55
Session: Session 3
Room: Room C (Live Stream)
Presentation Type:Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

This study is at the intersection of theories in second language acquisition and multimodal semiotics that emphasise the agentive position of multimodal texts in educational spaces. While shedding light on the importance and relevance of multimodality in contemporary education, this study aims to explore the lexical richness of adolescents' oral task performances to quantitatively posit the usefulness of multimodal texts. To this extent, the main aim of this study is to compare the lexical richness measures of adolescents across three multimodal texts: (i) visual-only (digital comic), (ii) audio-only (audio note), and (iii) audio-visual (hand puppetry performance). The same genre (fable) and similar lexical variables have been used in the chosen fables in order to prevent the effect of psycholinguistic confound of bias towards the text. Two hundred and seventy students across three types of schools were examined, out of whom one hundred willingly participated in all assessments. The variance in lexical richness is computed by using the moving-average type-to-token ratio (MATTR). TextElixir software was used to derive this measure. The results imply that audio-visual multimodality is most effective in a classroom. The paper ends with educational implications in the form of best practises for educators.

Aruna Parandhama, Christ (Deemed to be University), India

About the Presenter(s)
Aruna Parandhama is a full-time Research Scholar in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Christ (Deemed to be) University, Bangalore, India. Her thesis is at the intersection of Linguistics, Multimodality, and Language Policy.

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