Language, context, and text: aspects of language in a social-semiotic perspective

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Oxford University Press, 1991 - Foreign Language Study - 126 pages
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This study deals with the linguistic study of texts as a way of understanding how language functions in its immensely varied range of social contexts. The authors adopt a functional approach to language, in which the different registers or functional varieties of a language are explained by reference to the different contexts in which they occur. Their analysis reveals how, on the one hand, each text is unique, while on the other, the way a text is organized and the kinds of coherence it displays are closely related to the place and the value that it has in its social and cultural environment.

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If you want to get to grips with Halliday's social semiotics, then this book is a good place to start. It really needs to be reissued in a new edition!


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About the author (1991)

Halliday was trained in Chinese for war service with the British Army; studied China, taught Chinese in Britain for a number of years, then moved into linguistics, becoming in 1965 Professor of General Linguistics at University College of London.

Ruqaiya Hasanhas taught and held visiting positions at various oniversities in England, America and Australia. She is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Australia.

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