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[Xmca-l] Re: Ruqaiya Hasan

Hi Henry

The issue is -- who wishes to take responsibility for such a production.
Phil and David have spoken up. Hard to say.

The thing about self organizing systems is that the self is not located in
one particular part
of them. THEY have to self organize.

You know the old saying, where there is a will there is a way. Very
optimistic in my view, but better than the total absence of will as a
starting point.

Time will tell.

On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 8:55 AM, HENRY SHONERD <hshonerd@gmail.com> wrote:

> I am saddened not only by Ruqaiya’s passing by also by how little I knew
> about Ruqaiya’s work. I hope to correct that now by reading more. Not least
> because of what David points out that she adds to Vygotsky: Grammar! There
> may be a thousand things that Ruqaiya has contributed to systemic
> functional linguistics, but connecting it so explicitly to Vygotsky, THAT I
> would like to read more and hear more about. If there is, as Mike suggests,
> an MCA honoring of her work, I would very much like to see that connection
> “foregrounded” (a term straight out of the Wikipedia article on Ruqaiya).
> Henry
> On Jun 25, 2015, at 4:29 AM, David Kellogg <dkellogg60@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > I think that Ruqaiya was the only person I ever met who set out to
> > "correct" Vygotsky and actually succeeded: her insight was that
> Vygotsky's
> > theory, without a theory of grammar, was inevitably going to focus too
> > narrowly on lexical meanings and their historical derivations. As
> Vygotsky
> > himself pointed out, it's very hard to tell when children's word meanings
> > develop. But Ruqaiya pointed out that it's very easy to tell when their
> > wordings do.
> >
> > I was hoping to see her at the next ISFC in Germany next month--I'll miss
> > her.
> >
> > David Kellogg
> >
> > On Thu, Jun 25, 2015 at 4:56 PM, Phil Chappell <philchappell@mac.com>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Many on this list will know of Ruqaiya Hasan's work and may even have
> >> joined in an XMCA seminar we had back in the mid noughties. She was a
> great
> >> advocate of intersections between Vygotsky, Halliday, Bernstein and
> Marx.
> >>
> >> I'm sad to pass this message on.
> >>
> >> Phil Chappell
> >>
> >> Dear SFL Friends
> >>
> >> With great sadness I have to tell you that Ruqaiya passed away suddenly
> >> yesterday afternoon.  She suffered heart failure, brought on by the
> stress
> >> of the cancer and the infection, which had so weakened her body.
> >> Fortunately Michael was with her at that moment, and for some time
> >> beforehand.
> >>
> >> I have just spoken with Michael, and want to reassure you that he is
> doing
> >> well in these circumstances - as courageous and determined as you know
> he
> >> would be.
> >>
> >> There will be a small funeral service in Sydney next week.  The time and
> >> date are still being arranged, and details will be posted when they are
> >> available.  There will also be a much larger scholarly event to
> celebrate
> >> Ruqaiya's life and work, and to keep it moving forward, later in the
> year
> >> at Macquarie University.
> >>
> >> A wonderful life, an immense scholarly contribution, an extraordinary
> >> friend to so many people around the world.
> >>
> >> Best regards,
> >> Geoff Williams
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>


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