Date: 24-Jul-2006 From: Simone Gilson <sgilsoncontinuumbooks.com> Subject: Language of Science: Halliday, Webster (Ed)
Title: Language of Science
Series Title: Collected Works of M.A.K. Halliday
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
Author: M. A. K. Halliday
Editor: Jonathan J Webster, City University of Hong Kong
Paperback: ISBN: 0826488277 Pages: 272 Price: U.K. £ 25.00
'Halliday's investigations into grammatical metaphor take us deeply into the way we construct and expand meanings, starting with representations of concrete experienced events and ending with theoretical worlds populated by abstract entities linked through generalized relations and causalities. He finds these processes most strikingly in the development of the modern sciences that have historically created robust virtual worlds of theory from observable material events. He sees the same processes of grammatical metaphor as children learn to participate in our built symbolic environment, particularly as they are introduced to these meaning systems in schools, an institution designed expressly for that purpose.' Professor Charles Bazerman, University of California, Santa Barbara.
The fifth volume of the collected works of Professor M.A.K. Halliday, 'The Language of Science' explores "the semantic character of scientific discourse." The chapters are organized into two sections, one being on grammatical metaphor; the other dealing with scientific English. In language, there exists the potential for constructing new discourses, among them scientific discourse. The volume opens with a new work from Professor Halliday addressing the question, "How big is a language?" It is a question that goes to the heart of the paradigmatic complexity, or meaning potential, that characterizes language.