LINGUIST List 15.3546

Tue Dec 21 2004

Books: Discourse Analysis/Semantics: Thibault, O'Halloran

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        1.    Katie Sayers, Agency and Consciousness in Discourse: Thibault
        2.    Katie Sayers, Mathematical Discourse: O'Halloran



Message 1: Agency and Consciousness in Discourse: Thibault

Date: 21-Dec-2004
From: Katie Sayers <ksayerscontinuumbooks.com>
Subject: Agency and Consciousness in Discourse: Thibault


Title: Agency and Consciousness in Discourse 
 Subtitle: Self-Other Dynamics as a Complex System 
 Publication Year: 2004 
 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
     http://www.continuumbooks.com
 
 Author: Paul J. Thibault, Agder Univ
 
 Hardback: ISBN: 0826474268 Pages: 368pp Price: U.K. £ 85.00
 
 
 Abstract:
 
 In the past two decades there has been considerable interest in the ways in
 which subjects are positioned in discursive practice. This interest has
 entailed a focus on the role of language and discourse in the processes in
 and through which subjects are constituted in discourse. However, questions
 of agency and how it relates to consciousness have received less attention. 
 This book explores the ways in which agency and consciousness are created
 through transactions between self and other. The book argues that it is
 necessary to regard body-brain interactions in the context of  the social
 and discursive practices which act upon human bodies. These issues of
 agency and individuation are explored in relation to infant semiosis, as
 well as in relation to children's symbolic play. Thibault looks at the
 importance of the self-referential moral conscience in relation to the
 interpersonal dimension of all acts of meaning-making. This conscience is
 also connected to the development of a self-referential viewpoint which the
 book argues is connected to the ecosocial semiotic systems of thinking
 about consciousness as a complex system operating on many different levels.  
 
 The author discusses and evaluates the work of linguists, psychologists,
 biologists, semioticians, and sociologists such as Basil Bernstein, Mikhail
 Bakhtin, J. J. Gibson, M. A. K. Halliday, Walter Kauffman, Lakoff &
 Johnson, Jay Lemke, Jean Piaget and Stanley Salthe, to develop a new theory
 of agency and consciousness. 
 
 
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                      Psycholinguistics
                      Semantics
                      Sociolinguistics
 
 
 Written In: English  (ENG)
 
 See this book announcement on our website: 
 http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=12791

Message 2: Mathematical Discourse: O'Halloran

Date: 21-Dec-2004
From: Katie Sayers <ksayerscontinuumbooks.com>
Subject: Mathematical Discourse: O'Halloran


Title: Mathematical Discourse 
Subtitle: Language, Symbolism and Visual Images 
Publication Year: 2004 
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
   http://www.continuumbooks.com

Author: Kay O'Halloran, National University of Singapore

Hardback: ISBN: 0826468578 Pages: 240 Price: U.K. £75.00


Abstract:

This book examines mathematical discourse from the perspective of Michael
Halliday's social semiotic theory.  In this approach, mathematics is
conceptualized as a multisemiotic discourse involving language, visual
images and symbolism.  The book discusses the evolution of semiotics in
mathematics, and  proceeds to examine the grammar of mathematical
symbolism, the grammar of mathematical visual images, intersemiosis between
language, visual images and symbolism and the ways in which mathematics
orders reality. The focus of this investigation is written mathematical texts.

Mathematics is a key semantic area as it underlies the scientific view of
the world which permeates our everyday existence. The aim of this book is
therefore to understand the nature and implications of a social semiotic
perspective of mathematics so that the limitations and metaphorical
expansions which occur in mathematical and scientific discourse may be
appreciated.  The book is intended for linguists and those interested in
mathematics and science education.  The book also has implications for
other studies in systemic functional approaches to multimodality. 



Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                     Semantics
                     Sociolinguistics


Written In: English  (ENG)

See this book announcement on our website: 
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=12792

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