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Thu Oct 27 2005
Books: General Linguistics: Halliday, Webster (Ed)
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On Grammar: Halliday, Webster (Ed)
Message 1: On Grammar: Halliday, Webster (Ed)
From: Jennifer Lovel <jlovelcontinuumbooks.com>
Subject: On Grammar: Halliday, Webster (Ed)
Title: On Grammar
Series Title: Collected Works of M A K Halliday
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
Author: M A K Halliday
Editor: Jonathan J Webster
Paperback: ISBN: 0826488226 Pages: 448 Price: U.K. £ 25.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0826488226 Pages: 448 Price: U.S. $ 49.95
'A wonderful collection of work by Michael Halliday, undoubtedly one of the
most original and influential linguists of the twentieth century. This
volume illustrates the astonishing breadth and depth of his thinking about
language structure, often challenging and always interesting - for example,
his view of language as "an infinite system that generates only a finite
body of texts" or "a system of meanings, with forms attached to express
them". This collection ranges from details of English clause structure,
through his classic "Spoken and written modes of meaning", to the influence
of language on thought.'
Richard A Hudson, Emeritus Professor, University College London.
This first volume in the Collected Works of M A K Halliday series contains
seventeen papers, including a new chapter entitled 'A Personal
Perspective', in which Halliday offers his own current perspective on
language and linguistic theory. The first part of the book presents early
papers (1957-66) on basic concepts such as system, structure, class and
rank. The second part highlights how, over the span of two decades (the
1960s to mid-1980s), Halliday developed systemic theory to account for
linguistic phenomena extending upward through the ranks from word to clause
to text. The last part, 'Construing and Abstracting', includes more recent
work, in which Halliday discusses the issues confronting those who study
linguistics, using Firth's description of linguistics - 'language turned
back on itself'.
Professor M A K Halliday was Foundation Professor of Linguistics at the
University of Sydney until his retirement and has taught as Visiting
Professor around the world. As a self-styled 'generalist' he has published
in many branches of linguistics.
Jonathan J Webster is Head of the Department of Chinese, Translation and
Linguistics at the City University of Hong Kong.
Written In: English (eng )
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