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Verbal Art and Verbal Science: The Chess Moves of Language

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en Limba Engleză Hardback – 22 Aug 2019
Over the course of history, humankind has relied on the power of language to impose regularities on experience and bring "the environment more within our power to control." Professor M.A.K. Halliday goes on to refers to this conceptual shifting as "the Knight's move in language."In this joint work, developed in collaboration with the late Professor Ruqaiya Hasan and edited by Professor Jonathan J. Webster, metaphor is used to understand how language manipulates and creates our reality in very real and powerful ways. Whether it is the "art" in verbal art or the "science" in verbal science, through the metaphor-making potential available in language what is being crafted are hypotheses about the world we experience. The semiogenic power of language is so great that it enables us to define "the very basic experience of being human". Halliday adopts Mukarovsky's term "deautomatization" to interpret the grammar in front of you in ways that go beyond its direct relational function. So much scientific theory would not be possible without this semiogenic potential. It is the ability to reconstrue our commonsense version of events into a metaphorical world where things can be observed, investigated and explained. This book highlights the central importance of grammatical metaphor and realigns the connections between the upper strata of meaning and the strata below lexicogrammar.
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ISBN-13: 9781350027442
ISBN-10: 1350027448
Pagini: 256
Dimensiuni: 156 x 234 mm
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Academic
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Halliday's articulation of deautomatization and grammatical metaphor in terms of inter-stral relations (lexicogrammar and discourse semantics) is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of verbal art and scientific discourse


Introduction1. Language as a mode of understanding and theorizing2. Metaphor in verbal art and verbal science3. A great leap: from classical to medieval modes of meaning4. Genre as metaphor, grammar as theory5. Sermons, hymns, prayers and other sacred texts6. Great detectives and other stereotypical rolesBibliographyIndex