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†

4. Wherefore context?: the ontogenesis of context in the system and process of language [2001]

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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‘Wherefore context? The ontogenesis of meaning exchange’ (2001), the concluding chapter in this first section on Language in the context of life in society was first presented at the International Conference on Discourse Analysis at the University of Macau in October 1997. Unapologetically, Hasan begins by acknowledging that the paper ‘offers neither any technicalities that can be readily borrowed and quickly applied to the analysis of another text of one’s choosing, nor does it make an appeal to our moral sense of responsibility.’ Hoping instead to ‘enhance our understanding of the place of context in the system and process of language’, she puts forward a way of conceptualizing the category of context which rests on the principle that society, semiosis and the brain form ‘a trinity no one member of which can exist without the other two.’

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Hasan, Ruqaiya . 4. Wherefore context?: the ontogenesis of context in the system and process of language [2001]. Context in the System and Process of Language - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 4. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 95-126 Jun 2016. ISBN 9781904768401. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24889. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24889. Jun 2016

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