Context and Language - 2012

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When the study of meaning became a linguistic discipline, the main interest of semanticists was in the technical level of language and the major focus was represented by the single word. A different view of the relationship between language and meaning was provided by Malinowski (1923) at the beginning of the 20th century. The meaning of language was interpreted in terms of context of culture and context of situation. Malinowski’s theories influenced linguists such as Firth (1957) and Halliday (1985) and language became to be considered meaningful only if considered within the language events in which it is used. For this reason, language started to be analysed only in authentic contexts: the focus of interest is not the single word any more but the meaningful relations words enter into with the other words around them (Sinclair 1991; 1996). The main theme in this book is meaning: how meaning originates and how meaningful communication can be established in texts.

Table of Contents

Title page     PDF

Contents     PDF
Elena Manca iii-iv

Introduction     PDF
Elena Manca 1-4

The notion of context     PDF
Elena Manca 5-24

Corpora     PDF
Elena Manca 25-38

Collocation and units of meaning     PDF
Elena Manca 39-58

Translation and functionally complete units of meaning     PDF
Elena Manca 59-70

Textual colligation and thematic progression in English     PDF
Elena Manca 71-94

References     PDF
Elena Manca 95-99

Colophon     PDF

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