This pilot study explores the integration and distribution of verbal, paraverbal and non-verbal metadiscursive markers in the scientific and legal conference presentations delivered at the International Summit on Human Gene Editing, and is part of a larger scale project on the communication of gene editing. The study applies Hyland’s (2005) model of metadiscourse as a realisation of the interests, the perspectives and the values of text producers and focuses on both interactive and interactional metadiscoursive resources. The analysis is carried out on three levels: 1) textual / discursive 2) paraverbal (tone, pitch) and 3) non-verbal (gestures, kinesics), where applicable. The findings indicate a predominance of interactional verbal markers and pinpoint a correlation between verbal, paraverbal and non-verbal engagement markers, with gestures of inclusion – of a deictic or iconic type – performing the interactive function of maintaining the audience involved. The multimodal analysis uncovers a peculiar trend in the use of hedges, which lose their mitigating character on the paraverbal level. The paraverbal and non-verbal analysis highlights abundance in code glosses and attitude markers, which are lacking on the purely textual level, thus emphasising the importance of these analytical dimensions in digital science communication.

Digital Communication of Gene Editing: A Pilot Study of Multimodal Metadiscourse / J. Nikitina. - In: EXPRESSIO. - ISSN 2532-439X. - 5:(2021), pp. 161-188.

Digital Communication of Gene Editing: A Pilot Study of Multimodal Metadiscourse

J. Nikitina
2021

Abstract

This pilot study explores the integration and distribution of verbal, paraverbal and non-verbal metadiscursive markers in the scientific and legal conference presentations delivered at the International Summit on Human Gene Editing, and is part of a larger scale project on the communication of gene editing. The study applies Hyland’s (2005) model of metadiscourse as a realisation of the interests, the perspectives and the values of text producers and focuses on both interactive and interactional metadiscoursive resources. The analysis is carried out on three levels: 1) textual / discursive 2) paraverbal (tone, pitch) and 3) non-verbal (gestures, kinesics), where applicable. The findings indicate a predominance of interactional verbal markers and pinpoint a correlation between verbal, paraverbal and non-verbal engagement markers, with gestures of inclusion – of a deictic or iconic type – performing the interactive function of maintaining the audience involved. The multimodal analysis uncovers a peculiar trend in the use of hedges, which lose their mitigating character on the paraverbal level. The paraverbal and non-verbal analysis highlights abundance in code glosses and attitude markers, which are lacking on the purely textual level, thus emphasising the importance of these analytical dimensions in digital science communication.
metadiscourse; conference presentations; gene editing; specialised communication; multimodal discourse
Settore L-LIN/12 - Lingua e Traduzione - Lingua Inglese
PRIN201517GGARZ - Knowledge Dissemination across media in English: continuity and change in discourse strategies, ideologies, and epistemologies - GARZONE, GIULIANA ELENA - PRIN2015 - PRIN bando 2015 - 2017
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