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LINGUIST List 17.1667

Fri Jun 02 2006

Books: Semantics: Halliday, Matthiessen

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Adam Green, Construing Experience Through Meaning: Halliday, Matthiessen


Message 1: Construing Experience Through Meaning: Halliday, Matthiessen
Date: 01-Jun-2006
From: Adam Green <agreencontinuumbooks.com>
Subject: Construing Experience Through Meaning: Halliday, Matthiessen


Title: Construing Experience Through Meaning
Subtitle: A Language-Based Approach to Cognition
Published: 2006
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
                http://www.continuumbooks.com

Author: M.A.K Halliday, University of Sydney
Author: Christian Matthiessen, Macquarie University, Sydney.
Paperback: ISBN: 0826488927 Pages: 672 Price: U.K. £ 25.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0826488927 Pages: 672 Price: U.S. $ 49.95
Abstract:

The subject of this book is how human beings construe their experience of
the world. The construction of experience is usually thought of as
knowledge, represented in the form of conceptual taxonomies, schemata,
scripts and the like. The authors offer an interpretation that is
complementary to this, treating experience not as knowing but as meaning;
and hence as something that is construed in language. In other words, the
concern is with the construal of human experience as a semantic system; and
since language plays the central role not only in storing and exchanging
experience but also in construing it, language is taken as the
interpretative base.

The focus of the book is both theoretical and descriptive. The authors
consider it important that theory and description should develop in
parallel, with constant interchange between the two. The major descriptive
component is an account of the most general features of the ideational
semantics of English, which is then exemplified in two familiar text types
(recipes and weather forecasts). There is also a brief reference to the
semantics of Chinese. Theoretical issues are raised throughout as they
become relevant to the discussion, with the theoretical base being drawn
from systemic functional linguistics. Both the theoretical and descriptive
proposals offered in the book are compared and contrasted with approaches
deriving from AI, cognitive science and cognitive linguistics.

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics

Written In: English (eng )

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