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Title: Language and Society
Subtitle: Volume 10
Written By: Michael A. K. Halliday
Edited By: Jonathan J. Webster
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com
Series Title: Collected Works of M.A.K. Halliday
Description:

"I don't recall what inspired so many of us most; was it Michael Halliday's
Inaugural Address with its title 'Grammar, Society and the Noun', or the
perhaps apocryphal remark that all linguistics is sociolinguistics; but
what is crystal-clear in reading this final volume in his Collected Works
edited with such care and devotion by Jonathan Webster for the benefit of
all, is how modern it all reads with its interwoven links between texture
and community, its implication of action in text - the can do, inherent in
meaning potential but at the same time how definitive: the framework of
analysis of an integrated general theory which now seems so much embedded
in our modes of practice. Everyone will come away from this reading and
re-reading of Michael Halliday’s writings on language and society with a
different insight: for me it is two matters; every persons capacity for
creativity in exploiting meaning potential, and the central importance of
establishing a unifying system able not only to capture form but to relate
it consequentially and functionally to our understandings of social life."
Chris Candlin, Senior Research Professor, Macquarie University, Sydney,
Australia

The tenth volume in Professor M.A.K. Halliday's collected works includes
papers focusing on Language and Society. The papers provide a framework for
understanding the social meaning of language, and the relation of language
to other social phenomena. The volume begins with Professor Halliday's
ground-breaking work on the users and uses of language. Subsequent chapters
are organized around a discussion of sociolinguistic theory, and the
relation between language and social class and social structure.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 9780826458766
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 304
Prices: U.K. £ 75.00