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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

Hi Minna,
Perhaps you have seen the articles by Langacker that I just sent out to the XMA community. I would certainly be interested in a copy of your article.

On Aug 30, 2014, at 10:53 AM, Helle Merja <merja.helle@aalto.fi> wrote:

> 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
> <jaakola et al 2014 construing the reader.pdf>