Writing modes

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Three stone slabs were found by Romanian archaeologist Nicolae Vlassa , in the mid-20th century (1961) in Tărtăria (present-day Alba county , Transylvania ), Romania , ancient land of Dacia , inhabited by Dacians, which were a population who may have been related to the Getaes and Thracians . One of the slabs contains 4 groups of pictographs divided by lines. Some of the characters are also found in Ancient Greek , as well as in Phoenician , Etruscan , Old Italic and Iberian . The origin and the timing of the writings are disputed, because there are no precise evidence in situ , the slabs cannot be carbon dated, because of the bad treatment of the Cluj museum. There are indirect carbon dates found on a skeleton discovered near the slabs, that certifies the 5300–5500 BC period.

Multimodality also obscures an audience’s concept of genre by creating gray areas out of what was once black and white. Carolyn R. Miller, a distinguished professor of rhetoric and technical communication at North Carolina State University observed in her genre analysis of the Weblog how genre shifted with the invention of blogs, stating that “there is strong agreement on the central features that make a blog a blog. Miller defines blogs on the basis of their reverse chronology, frequent updating, and combination of links with personal commentary. [24] However, the central features of blogs are obscured when considering multimodal texts. Some features are absent, such the ability for posts to be independent of each other, while others are present. This creates a situation where the genre of multimodal texts is impossible to define; rather, the genre is dynamic, evolutionary and ever-changing.

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