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This Handbook critically examines research and theoretical issues that impact writing development from the early years through to adulthood. It provides those researching or teaching literacy with one of the most academically authoritative and comprehensive works in the field. With expert contributors from across the world, the book represents a detailed and valuable overview of a complex area of study.

Writing in a Multimodal World of Representation
Writing in a multimodal world of representation
Introduction

The contemporary multimodal communicational world poses sharp questions about the likely future development of writing. Increasingly, writing is one of several modes of representation used in modally complex texts, and in many such texts, it is not the central means for making meaning. When we compare a textbook from 1935 with a contemporary one, we note that there tends to be less writing and the writing that there is differs from the writing of seventy years ago, syntactically, and textually. Although images were present on the pages of textbooks ‘then’, there are more images ‘now’; images ‘now’ look and function differently from those found before. Writing and image also interact in ways ...

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