Meaning Patterns’s Updates

  • Now in Paperback and e-Book Formats

    Making Sense and Adding Sense, our two-volume transpositional grammar is now available in paperback and e-book editions. Use the coupon codes in the following flyers for a 20% discount on the paperback edition

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  • Review of "Making Sense" and "Adding Sense" by Vanderlei Zacchi


    The publication of Making Sense (MS) and Adding Sense(AS) is the result of an ambitious project by Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis. It is a monumental piece of work, divided into two volumes, ... [covering[ a wide range of subjects a...More

  • On the Differences beween Speech and Writing

    Speech and writing are different in the very processes of their representation and communication. Their grammars, M.A.K. Hallidaysays, are fundamentally different. Speech, he says, strings information units one after the other, connecting them...More

  • Nouns and Verbs, Stability and Change: From Bloomfield to Bergson and Whitehead

    Some linguists claim to have found languages that do not have distinct classes of nouns and verbs. Leonard Bloomfieldworked for two years with Alfredo Viola Santiago, a Tagalog speaker and Filipino architectural engineering student at the Universit...More

  • The Grammar of Absence

    Here is not-real (or, if “real,” then in a qualitatively different, indeed paradoxical, kind of way): zero,“no”/“not” (text); something notably out-of-the picture (image) or missing (object); emptiness (space); a poignant non-presence (body); sil...More

  • Ways of Seeing: "Realism" as a Visual Trick of Transposition

    “Alone of all her sex”she was, Mary mother of Christ, the sole virgin mother, impossible except for God. So she was declared to be by the Council of Ephesus in 431, not mere Χριστοτόκος or “Christ-bearer,” because that would be to diminish the divi...More

  • Review of "Making Sense" and "Adding Sense" by Qinhong Wei

    Making Sense (MS) and its companion volume, Adding Sense (AS), is a grammar of multimodal meaning. In this grammar of multimodality, meaning is seen as part of our life in what we see, hear, understand or express

    [T]he most striking feature...More

  • "Mindsight:" Thinking Without Words

    In image, the excess of the ideal arises experientially in the difference between seeing with the body’s eye (perceiving), and seeing with the mind’s eye (envisioning). Take the Eiffel Tower, says philosopher Colin McGinn in his book, Mindsight.If...More

  • The Meaning of Meaning - Charles Sanders Peirce talks to Queen Victoria's Maid of Honor

    In the world of Symbol – the only one that signifies – Sign and Speech in grand array, with Talk, Scribble, and a crowd of little Letters and Syllables arranged in groups, a few Colons and Commas curling and dotting gaily about, and a pompous Full S...More

  • After Language: A Grammar of Multiform Transposition

    This chapter suggests that we should abandon “language” as an at once homogenizing and separating category of social understanding and educational design... [It also] outlines our proposal for a “transpositional grammar” of multiform meanng (Cop...More