Context in the System and Process of Language : The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Volume 4

Research output: Scholarly Books, Monographs, Reports and Case Studies (RGC: 11, 13, 14, 48, 49)14_Edited book (Editor)

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Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherEquinox Publishing
ISBN (Print)978 1 904768 39 5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

Abstract

The concept context of situation, introduced by Malinowski some eighty years ago, has now become an essential element of the vocabulary of any linguistic theory whose aim is to reveal the nature of language. With the abandonment of the spurious distinction between competence and performance, the process of language, i.e. language use, has claimed its rightful place in the study of language. This book focuses on the relations of context and text, conceptualizing the latter as language operative in some recognizable social context. It argues that context is not simply a backdrop for the occurrence of words; rather, it is an active element which, on the one hand, plays a crucial role in the progression of human discourse and, on the other, enters into and shapes the very nature of language as process and as system, furnishing the foundation for functionality in language. Acting as the interface between language and society, context analysis reveals the power of language for creating, maintaining and changing human relationships.

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Context in the System and Process of Language : The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan Volume 4. / HASAN, Sonia S (Editor); WEBSTER, Jonathan (Editor).

United Kingdom : Equinox Publishing, 2016.

Research output: Scholarly Books, Monographs, Reports and Case Studies (RGC: 11, 13, 14, 48, 49)14_Edited book (Editor)