This week on ‘living language’, we explore the contextual variable ‘Mode’, defined originally by Halliday as one of the three parameters of the semiotic structure of context. It is ‘the symbolic organization: the particular status that is assigned to the text within the situation; its function in relation to the social action and the role structure; including the channel or medium, and the rhetorical mode’ (Halliday 2002: 55).
For this week, I have linked us to two talks on mode from the 2013 Register and Context Symposium, hosted by the Centre for Language in Social Life, at Macquarie University. For our reading this week, I have uploaded here a paper by Hasan on context and literature: On teaching literature across cultural differences
TALKS ON MODE
First, I have linked us to David Butt’s talk on mode, from the 2013 Register and Context Symposium. David Butt’s abstract for the talk below is here.
The title of David’s talk is:
The medium, the channel and the message: technologies in mind and matter in the current meaning of mode
His talk is in two parts below:
The second lecture for this week is Ruqaiya Hasan’s discussion of mode, also given at the 2013 Register and Context Symposium at Macquarie University. The title of her talk is
“Analysing the contextual parameters in relation to language: epilogue or prologue”.
(Note that her talk starts 2 minutes into this first video).