Hasan's semantic networks as a tool in discourse analysis

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Semantic networks present a 'hypothesis about patterns of meaning' (Halliday, 1972[2003]): 327). Since we cannot relate behavioural options directly to grammar, semantic networks constitute a 'bridge between behavioural patterns and linguistic forms' (Halliday, 1972[2003]): 334). While Halliday's early networks were context specific, Hasan has claimed that her semantic networks are contextually open (Hasan, 1996). Some evidence for this claim can been seen in the use of semantic networks for the analysis of a broader range of research contexts beyond that in which the networks were originally developed (e.g. Chan 2005, Hall, 2004, Maley and Fahey, 1991, Hasan et al. 2007, Lukin et al. 2008). This paper provides further evidence for Hasan's claim through the analysis of one question from a current affairs interview, between the ABC's Kerry O'Brien and Australia's then Prime Minister, John Howard, under whose authority Australia troops had been committed to the 'Coalition' invasion of Iraq. I draw on existing semantic network descriptions (e.g. Hasan, 1983, 1996, forthcoming), to show how many dimensions of meaning these descriptions can currently account for. While the paper will not directly evaluate this question or interview, the elucidation of 'how meanings construe the distinctive attributes of some context' (Hasan et al, 2007: 716) would seem to be a pre-condition for evaluating a context of this kind, with respect to, for instance, whether the journalist displays behavioural patterns we might call 'adversarialness' or 'deference' (Clayman and Heritage, 2002). Such considerations are important for sociological studies concerning the inter-relations of the media and the state (e.g. Robinson, et al. 2009), particularly when the state is engaged in pursuing its interests by means which are of dubious legality under international law.
LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationTo boldly proceed
Subtitle of host publicationpapers from the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress
EditorsJohn Knox
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherOrganising Committee of the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress
Pages141-146
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9780646582573
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventInternational Systemic Functional Congress (39th : 2012) - Sydney
Duration: 16 Jul 201220 Jul 2012

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ConferenceInternational Systemic Functional Congress (39th : 2012)
CitySydney
Period16/07/1220/07/12

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Lukin, A. (2012). Hasan's semantic networks as a tool in discourse analysis. In J. Knox (Ed.), To boldly proceed: papers from the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress (pp. 141-146). Sydney: Organising Committee of the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress.
Lukin, Annabelle. / Hasan's semantic networks as a tool in discourse analysis. To boldly proceed: papers from the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress. editor / John Knox. Sydney : Organising Committee of the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress, 2012. pp. 141-146
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Lukin, A 2012, Hasan's semantic networks as a tool in discourse analysis. in J Knox (ed.), To boldly proceed: papers from the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress. Organising Committee of the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress, Sydney, pp. 141-146, International Systemic Functional Congress (39th : 2012), Sydney, 16/07/12.

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To boldly proceed: papers from the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress. ed. / John Knox. Sydney : Organising Committee of the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress, 2012. p. 141-146.

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Lukin A. Hasan's semantic networks as a tool in discourse analysis. In Knox J, editor, To boldly proceed: papers from the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress. Sydney: Organising Committee of the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress. 2012. p. 141-146