Author: Marina Santini

Computational Linguist, PhD

Book Review: Multimodality and Genre (2008)

The volume ”Multimodality and Genre” by John Bateman is a monograph that presents a framework for the page-based analysis of multimodal documents, such as magazines, books, web pages, newspapers and similar. Multimodal documents combine text, graphics and pictures in more or less complex layouts. Readers are shown an approach that breaks down multimodal documents into configurations of basic elements to uncover meaning. This approach was originally developed within the Genre and Multimodality (GeM) project. A major claim of the book is that there is a need of detailed empirical analysis in order to advance our understanding of the complex multimodal meaning processes involved in multimodal documents. The concept of genre is proposed as a crucial theoretical construct for exploring document meaning making. The book is suitable for genre analysts, discourse analysts, document designers, computational linguists and semioticians.

Book Review: Academic Writing and Genre (2008)

This is a monograph consisting of 7 chapters and 5 appendices. It focuses on genre-based approaches to the teaching of academic writing. The book reviews pedagogical approaches to genre and presents a comprehensive synthesis of the current research in the field. After a thorough review, which includes also reflections on the nature of human categorization, the author, Ian Bruce, proposes an innovative model to teach academic writing through a two-layer genre-based approach, and discusses the ways in which such a model can be implemented in an academic curriculum for undergraduates and post-graduates, and native and non-speakers. The book is informative, clearly written and well organized. It is a significant contribution to the genre discussion in general, and to the teaching of academic writing in particular. Since it helps unveil the dynamics underlying the acquisition of genre competence, this book is a recommended reading to all those working in areas where genre classification has a bearing – from pedagogy to genre analysis, applied linguistics, corpus linguistics, computational linguistics, information studies, context-based information retrieval etc.

In quest of the holy grail

Do we really need a definition of (web) genre? Once we are convinced that genre is useful, do we really need a definition? We could just say that: genre is a classificatory principle based on a number of attributes.  Well,…

The Importance of Genre Competence and Awareness

Genre competence increases information understanding: genre competence is useful to fight against web crimes, such as cyberstalking or cyberbullying or cyberterrorism (e.g. see the Dark Web project) by spotting genre anomalies in the content; Genre competence helps implement democracy: some…