Context in the System and Process of Language - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 4 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Context in the System and Process of Language - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 4 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

3. What's going on?: a dynamic view of context in language [1981]

Context in the System and Process of Language - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 4 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Ruqaiya Hasan† [+-]
Macquarie University
Ruqaiya Hasan, who died in 2015, was a professor of linguistics who taught and held visiting positions at various universities in England. Her last appointment was at Macquarie University, Australia, from where she retired as Emeritus Professor in 1994. Throughout her career she researched and published widely in the areas of verbal art, culture, context and text, text and texture, lexicogrammar and semantic variation. Read her obituary here

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Coded messages, passed between us, turn the subjective into the intersubjective, the private into the public. As Hasan explains in What’s Going On?: A dynamic view of context in language (1981), there are multiple semiotic codes at work in both text creation and interpretation. Formed out of systems of social convention, these codes not only convey but also shape our perception. The individual, writes Hasan, ‘can be seen as a being who has been actively shaped by the sum of his own interactions and hence by the nature of the multiple semiotic codes prevalent in his community.’ The blurring of artificially imposed dichotomies between the individual and the social, the unique and the conventional follows from an appreciation of the inherently social nature of interaction, ‘no matter how personal the ends it is made to achieve.’

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Hasan, Ruqaiya . 3. What's going on?: a dynamic view of context in language [1981]. Context in the System and Process of Language - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 4. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 78-94 Jun 2016. ISBN 9781904768401. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24883. Date accessed: 17 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24883. Jun 2016

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