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†

1. Language and society in a systemic functional perspective [2005]

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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The first chapter in this volume – ‘Language and society: a systemic functional perspective’, a paper originally appearing in Continuing Discourse on Language: A Functional Perspective (Equinox 2005) – clearly establishes the author’s ideological position, namely, that ‘the social and the semiotic are inseparable: their co-evolution is the history of humanity’. As Professor Ruqaiya Hasan, explains, it is an ideological position which is rooted in the writings of Malinowski, Firth, Bernstein and Halliday, and fundamental to SFL’s ‘struggle to understand how and why language works’. This ‘interdependence of the social and the semiotic’ becomes apparent in the ways ‘we use language to do things in social life’, prompting exploration into ‘situationally appropriate discourse’ (register) describable in terms of ‘the nature of the activity (field)’, ‘interactant relations (tenor)’, and ‘changing modes of contact’.

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Hasan†, Ruqaiya . 1. Language and society in a systemic functional perspective [2005]. Context in the System and Process of Language - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 4. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 5-33 Jun 2016. ISBN 9781904768401. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=28030. Date accessed: 24 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.28030. Jun 2016

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