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Title: Language, Society and Consciousness
Written By: Ruqaiya Hasan
Edited By: Jonathan J. Webster
Series Title: The Collected Works of Ruqaiya Hasan, Volume 1
Description:

The chapters of this volume explore the intimate relations of society,
language and mind: the development of each of these depends on the
contribution of the other two. In this sense they are co-genetic: mind has
recently been described by the famous neuro-scientist, Susan Greenfield, as
'personalized brain.' The development of human mind depends on what it
experiences; for human beings, experience goes beyond sensation: it is made
of meaning, and interpretation/meaning, in turn, is construed by the
various semiotic modalities, of which language is perhaps the most flexible
and most pervasive. But language has itself evolved in the course of
attempts to reach an 'other.' By shaping the nature of communication, human
relations shape also the nature of language; meanings exchanged in verbal
interaction become a major force in shaping forms of consciousness; and our
consciousness reveals itself in our cultural practices, our ways of being,
doing and saying.


"Ruqaiya Hasan's Language, Society and Consciousness is a powerful
demonstration of the need for a unified framework, bringing together
linguistics, sociology, and biology for understanding the social semiotic
nature of minded beings. This volume provides subtle and revealing readings
from a galaxy of other leading thinkers at the same time that she poses
questions and provide answers that will impact on our future thinking about
linguistic and social development and change for years to come. This book
is a must for all those who are interested in these arguments."
Paul J. Thibault, professor in linguistics and media communication,
Høgskolen I Agder, Kristiansand, Norway

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Sociolinguistics
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