Re: LCA: A novice takes a first shoot: spreading the symbol, not the meaning.

From: Gordon Wells (
Date: Mon Jun 27 2005 - 21:15:44 PDT


Thanks for your very interesting post. What you have observed is not
altogether new, though.

Halliday (1988 On the language of physical science. In M. Ghadessy
(Ed,) Registers of written English: Situational factors and
linguistic features. London Frances Pinter.) describes how scientists
such as Newton developed a new genre in order to communicate
effectively to other scientists. And think about the change in genres
that accompanied the invention of the telegram. It seems to me that
the girl you quote is doing something rather similar: transforming
the genre in the light of the available technology to achieve her own
and her peers' communicative purposes. What do you think?


Gordon Wells
Dept of Education,
UC Santa Cruz.

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