Verbal Art: A Social Semiotic Perspective - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 7 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Verbal Art: A Social Semiotic Perspective - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 7 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Linguistics, language and verbal art

Verbal Art: A Social Semiotic Perspective - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 7 - 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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Language, as Whorf said, the the best show man puts on. And perhaps the most amazing performance in this repertory is verbal art, which thanks to the power of ordinary language, peoples the world with beings who although they do not exist hold a many-angled mirror to human life. They live, creating histories which possess deeper reality than our own real existence in society: through these histories is distilled human experience, made potent as an extended metaphor for the essential human condition. The deepest level of meaning, the themes in verbal art, relate to human social existence - its dilemmas and its delights, thus bearing witness to its socio-semiotic origins. All of this is achieved through a patterning of the patterns of language. Through the linguistic analysis of the various genres of literature, the chapters of this volume offer a social semiotic theory for engaging meaningfully with literature. The book should interest lovers and teachers of literature.

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Hasan, Ruqaiya . Linguistics, language and verbal art. Verbal Art: A Social Semiotic Perspective - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 7. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2022. ISBN 9781904768463. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25234. Date accessed: 07 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25234. Mar 2022

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