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Mathematical Discourse - Kay O'Halloran

Mathematical Discourse

Hardcover Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9780826468574
Number Of Pages: 240

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This book examines mathematical discourse from the perspective of Michael Halliday's social semiotic theory. In this approach, mathematics is conceptualized as a multisemiotic discourse involving language, visual images and symbolism. The book discusses the evolution of the semiotics of mathematical discourse, and then, proceeds to examine the grammar of mathematical symbolism, the grammar of mathematical visual images, intersemiosis between language, visual images and symbolism and the subsequent ways in which mathematics orders reality. The focus of this investigation is written mathematical texts. The aims of the book are to understand the semantic realm of mathematics and to appreciate the metaphorical expansions and simultaneous limitations of meaning in mathematical discourse. The book is intended for linguists, semioticians, social scientists and those interested in mathematics and science education. In addition, the close study of the multisemiotic mature of mathematics has implications for other studies adopting a social semiotic approach to multimodality.

Briefly reviewed in the Year's work in English Studies journal, vol 89, No. 1

'O'Halloran uses Systematic Functional Grammar and communicative principles put forward by M.A. K. Halliday to account for the multifaceted aspects of mathematics'

Mathematics as a multisemiotic discoursep. 1
Evolution of the semiotics of mathematicsp. 22
Systemic functional linguistics (SFL) and mathematical languagep. 60
The grammar of mathematical symbolismp. 94
The grammar of mathematical visual imagesp. 129
Intersemiosis : meaning across language, visual images and symbolismp. 158
Mathematical constructions of realityp. 189
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ISBN: 9780826468574
ISBN-10: 0826468578
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1