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‘I’ll be the sun': From reported speech to semiotic remediation practices

Paul Prior, Julie Hengst, Kevin Roozen and Jody Shipka
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Discussions of reported speech have increasingly attended to mode, both the mode of the utterance represented and the mode of delivery. In this article, we argue for a more expansive engagement with multimodality, a view already signaled in the theories of Goffman, Clark, Hanks, and Irvine. We first propose shifting the unit of analysis from linguistic or discourse representation to semiotic remediation practices, a notion that attends to the diverse ways that humans' and nonhumans' semiotic performances (historical and imagined) are re-represented and reused across modes, media, and chains of activity. We then turn to three examples—a family pretend game, a college composition course task, and a comedy skit—that illustrate how semiotic remediation operates in concretely situated and culturally mediated practices. We conclude by suggesting that this notion of semiotic remediation will assist a fuller understanding of reported speech as discourse practice, that dialogic views of reported speech may in turn contribute to explorations of multimodality, and that attention to semiotic remediation is central to understanding the work of communication and culture.

*Address for correspondence: Department of English, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
*Address for correspondence: Department of Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 61820, USA
*Address for correspondence: Department of English, Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA
*Address for correspondence: Department of English, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD 21250, USA

Published Online: 2007-03-06
Published in Print: 2006-12-19

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