Voice, Appropriation and Discourse Representation in a Student Writing Task

Ron Scollon, Wai King Tsang, Chor Shing David Li, Vicki Yung, Rodney Jones

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We investigate the practices by which bilingual university students in Hong Kong appropriate texts in producing utterances, particularly written texts. Following Wertsch and his colleagues we ask: • To what extent do our students appropriate texts in constructing their own discourses? • What linguistic means do they use to do this? • What can these processes tell us about what they now can do with discourse representation; and • What do we need to teach them? This research shows that our students' writing displays considerable intertextuality and interdiscursivity. Responses to this writing in tutorial sessions indicate that they are skilled at orchestrating the multiple voices within their own discourses. The commonly stated concern that our students do not know how to do quotation and citation correctly is somewhat misplaced and researchers need to move the focus away from the medianisms of citation and attribution to the social practices of textual appropriation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-250
Number of pages24
JournalLinguistics and Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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