Understanding and Interpreting Sources for Developing new Texts : An Applied Linguistic –Approach

Tungesh, G M (2012) Understanding and Interpreting Sources for Developing new Texts : An Applied Linguistic –Approach. ELT Voices – India, 2 (3). pp. 56-69. ISSN 2230-9136

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Abstract

This paper investigates whether teaching of writing using multiple sources / intertextuality is more effective than the current traditional approach to teaching writing for academic purposes and also to focus on how intertextuality which develops linguistic, literary and communicative competencies and cross cultural awareness among the ESL learners. Intertextuality refers to the fact that texts cannot be seen as autonomous works that exist and function in isolation of other texts. Intertextual links are the intersections and interactions of language elements from several texts in creating a new text. Firstly, the writer is a reader of texts ( in the broadest sense) before s/he is a creator of texts, and the work of art is inevitably shot through with references, quotations and influences of every kind. Secondly, a text is available only through some process of reading; what is produced at the moment of reading is due to the cross-fertilisation of the packaged textual material. A delicate allusion to a work unknown to the reader, which therefore goes unnoticed, will have a dormant existence in that reading. On the other hand, the reader’s experience of some practice or theory unknown to the author may lead to a fresh interpretation. Both axes of intertextuality, texts entering via authors (who are, first, readers) and texts entering via readers (co-producers), will certainly help producing a new text.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Engineering > MIT Manipal > Humanities and Management
Depositing User: MIT Library
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2012 09:27
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2012 09:27
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/77288

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