Describing Language: Form and Function - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 5 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Describing Language: Form and Function - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 5 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Acknowledgements

Describing Language: Form and Function - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 5 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Jonathan J. Webster [+-]
City University of Hong Kong
Jonathan J. Webster is Professor, Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, and Director, The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies at the City University of Hong Kong. He is also the General Editor of the Equinox journal Linguistics and the Human Sciences and the editor (with Ruqaiya Hasan and Christian Matthiessen) of the two volume Continuing Discourse on Language: A Functional Perspective (Equinox, 2007).
Carmel Cloran [+-]
University of Wollongong
Carmel Cloran, now retired, was formerly Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Wollongong.

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How does one's grammar depend on one's conception of language? In systemic functional linguistics, language is viewed as a meaning potential, thus embracing the view, now supported by contemporary theories of the evolution of human consciousness, that language has evolved in the living of life in society. Using the theoretical framework of systemic functional linguistics, the chapters of this book explore the nature of language, the relations of meaning and society, of form and meaning, and of grammar and lexis. Halliday has referred to the level of lexicogrammar as the powerhouse of language: this is where the resource for creating linguistic meaning resides. But language as resource cannot be adequately described as a set of syntagmatic structures; instead, the primary focus must be on the paradigmatic axis, which after all furnishes the principle for the actualisation of syntagms. Accordingly, aspects of Urdu and English semantics, grammar and lexis are presented here in terms of systemic options, realised as structures.

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Webster, Jonathan J. ; Cloran, Carmel. Acknowledgements. Describing Language: Form and Function - The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Vol 5. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. vii Jan 2019. ISBN 9781904768425. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38147. Date accessed: 14 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38147. Jan 2019

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