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Multimodal Communication Practice in Nigeria's Digital Space

Multimodal Communication Practice in Nigeria's Digital Space
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Author(s): Simon Shachia Oryila (Department of English, Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria) and Philip Chike Chukwunonso Aghadiuno (Department of Library and Information Science, Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Nigeria)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 31
Source title: Perspectives on ICT4D and Socio-Economic Growth Opportunities in Developing Countries
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patrick Ndayizigamiye (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Glenda Barlow-Jones (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Roelien Brink (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Stella Bvuma (University of Johannesburg, South Africa), Rehana Minty (University of Johannesburg, South Africa) and Siyabonga Mhlongo (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-2983-6.ch002


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For centuries, people have evolved novel ways of making meaning. With the passage of time, the various traditional modes of representation or meaning making have been altered and, in some cases, refined or displaced by technological advancements. In Nigeria, a growing academic interest seeks to explore the practical relevance of integrating semiotic resources, such as speech, writing, video, music, colours, or signs to create multimodal texts across a wide range of communicative acts. This chapter, therefore, examines multimodal communication practice within Nigeria's digital space, its nature, dimension, as well as how digital technologies are appropriated to enhance, not just the people's digital experience, but also create social, economic, and business opportunities for Nigeria's growing population of digital natives.

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