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[Xmca-l] Re: cognitive linguistics and Re: a new Ph.D. program at UC San Diego with a focus on Transforming Education in a Diverse Society



A new article written with my colleagues combining activity theory (change
laboratory) and cognitive linguistics
will be published in the September issue of Discourse & Society

Minna Jaakola, Maija Töyry, Merja Helle, Tiina Onikki-Rantajääskö

Construing the reader:
A multidisciplinary approach
to journalistic texts

 Abstract
In order to compare the relationship between the intended aims of
journalists and the journalistic
texts produced, this article develops further the notion of the reader in
two directions: first,
as an intended Œmodel reader¹ of a media concept that is collectively
construed in the editorial
process and, second, as a Œconstrued reader¹ that is analyzed from the
texts. Media concept and
model reader are concepts and tools for making visible and analyzing the
goals, values, content
and organization of work in media organizations, whereas with the concept
of a construed reader
it is possible to assess the texts as outcomes of the editorial process
and in this way compare
them with the intentions. The construed reader in the text is analyzed
from the viewpoint of
cognitive grammar theory and its Œdimensions of construal¹ in which
Œspecificity¹, Œfocusing¹ and
Œperspective¹ are used as linguistic tools for analysis. The case study
data come from a Finnish
third-sector magazine.
 Keywords
cognitive grammar, construed reader, dimensions of construal, discourse
analysis, Finnish,
focusing, implied reader, intentions, magazine texts, media concept, media
studies, model
reader, perspective, specificity

E-mail me if you want a copy of the article

Br

merja


Dr. Merja Helle

Head of Research, Media Concepts Research Group, Aalto School of Arts,
Design and Architecture
Hämeentie 135 C, 00560 Helsinkimerja.helle@aalto.fi
tel. +358 50 4485 111
http://www.mediaconceptsrg.net/
http://mediaconceptsrg.blogspot.com/
http://taik.academia.edu/MerjaHelle


On 30.8.2014 19.37, "mike cole" <lchcmike@gmail.com> wrote:

>The answers to both questions are yes. Grants are very difficult to
>obtain,
>but not impossible. Constructive suggestions from XMCA are not guaranteed
>but frequently obtained.  :-)
>mike
>
>
>On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 9:16 AM, Rohini Nag <rohini.ng@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hello professor,
>>
>> Thank you for replying.
>> Can grants be applied for and obtained at the UCSD doctoral programs for
>> international students specific to a research area? I'm sure the
>>attainment
>> of which shall be highly competitive.
>>
>> Also, can I send the abstract, or the concept I was trying to address on
>> Vygotsky and discourse analysis here on the mailing list?
>> Rohini
>>  On Aug 30, 2014 9:26 PM, "mike cole" <lchcmike@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Hello Rohini--
>>>
>>> Jim can answer more definitively concerning the new grad program. In
>>> general, non-citizens are welcome in our graduate programs but the fee
>>> structure works heavily against them. Even for native Californians,
>>>higher
>>> education has become expensive, but for not residents, and then
>>> non-citizens it is very expensive. As a rule, sadly, money speaks with
>>>a
>>> louder voice than talent in many cases.
>>>
>>> Concerning Vygotsky and discourse analysis. It is not clear to me what
>>> precisely you have been writing about and how, but why not send it
>>>around
>>> to xmca to see what you can learn from the extensive expertise on the
>>>list?
>>> mike
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM, Rohini Nag <rohini.ng@gmail.com>
>>>wrote:
>>>
>>>> Dear Professors,
>>>>
>>>> I have been following the xmca mail for quite a while now and the
>>>> conversations always keep me interested. This reply is to ask Prof.
>>>>Levin
>>>> about the flyer I just read on the doctoral program in educational
>>>>studies.
>>>> Are international students eligible to apply too?
>>>> I'm a research scholar in educational studies in JNU, New Delhi, India
>>>> and happen to be trained in Linguistics, MA. I wish to work in the
>>>>area of
>>>> cognition and language in future and well, just writing to know if I
>>>>could
>>>> at least apply?
>>>>
>>>> Another question- I had written a course paper last year trying to do
>>>>a
>>>> discourse analysis on Vygotsky's Thought and Language, commenting on
>>>> Vygotsky's own discourse as much as read in light of its translation
>>>>to be
>>>> developmental, as in a developmental discourse. I just wanted to
>>>>know, if
>>>> such work has been previously done including the tools for discourse
>>>> analysis? I wanted to build on this conceptually, any suggestions if
>>>>this
>>>> can at all be pursued?
>>>> I have only started reading a lot of Vygotsky a year ago, and most of
>>>> your comments/conversations have dealt with many theories of Vygotsky
>>>>that
>>>> have been insightful.
>>>>
>>>> Warmly,
>>>> Rohini Nag
>>>> MPhil-II
>>>> Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies
>>>> Jawaharlal Nehru University
>>>> New Delhi-110067
>>>> India
>>>>  On Aug 30, 2014 6:32 AM, "mike cole" <lchcmike@gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Hi Henry--  As you will see from the attachment that Jim sent around
>>>>> that
>>>>> the developing education department here at UCSD is really
>>>>>interesting
>>>>> and
>>>>> should be of interest to a lot of MCA members.
>>>>>
>>>>> On the issue of Langackerr and Vygotsky, it would be great to see the
>>>>> articles you are referring to. His work along the with the work of
>>>>>Giles
>>>>> Faulconier are clearly relevant to people who are interested in
>>>>> Vygotsky's
>>>>> ideas and those of related scholars such as Halliday, all coming from
>>>>> different national traditions.
>>>>>
>>>>> Nice idea for a review article in MCA.
>>>>> But more proximaly, what should we be reading?
>>>>> mike
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 6:54 PM, Henry G. Shonerd III <
>>>>> hshonerd@gmail.com>
>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> > Hi Jim,
>>>>> > Nothing attached, I think. Sounds very interesting, so I sure would
>>>>> like
>>>>> > to get the flyer. By chance, I am in an email correspondence with
>>>>> Ronald
>>>>> > Langacker, emeritus prof in linguistics at UCSD. Are you familiar
>>>>> with is
>>>>> > work in Cognitive Linguistics? In several articles he just sent
>>>>>me, he
>>>>> > agrees with me that Vygotsky and his work are highly compatible. It
>>>>> seems
>>>>> > to me that CG and Vygotsky could help provide a great theoretical
>>>>> > foundation for a doctoral program such as the one you are
>>>>>developing.
>>>>> I
>>>>> > have been a teacher educator in New Mexico for 25 years and have
>>>>>been
>>>>> > thinking about the connection between CG and Vygotsky from the
>>>>> beginning.
>>>>> > My dissertation is on L2 learning, so the focus of your new
>>>>>program is
>>>>> > inspiring to me.
>>>>> > Henry
>>>>> >
>>>>> > On Aug 28, 2014, at 5:21 PM, Jim Levin <jalevin@ucsd.edu> wrote:
>>>>> >
>>>>> > > Hi XMCA folks,
>>>>> > >
>>>>> > > Education Studies at UC San Diego is starting a new Ph.D. program
>>>>> with a
>>>>> > focus on Transforming Education in a Diverse Society - a flyer is
>>>>> attached.
>>>>> > >
>>>>> > > If you know of students who you think might be interested in this
>>>>> > doctoral program, please encourage them to consider applying this
>>>>> fall for
>>>>> > our inaugural cohort to start in Fall 2015 - the application
>>>>>deadline
>>>>> is
>>>>> > December 1, 2014. I¹m happy to answer any questions they may have.
>>>>> > >
>>>>> > > Thanks!
>>>>> > >
>>>>> > > Jim Levin
>>>>> > > Professor
>>>>> > > Department of Education Studies, UC San Diego
>>>>> > >
>>>>> >
>>>>> >
>>>>> >
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>


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