[Air-l] Re: Company vs. Community (Andrew Perrin)

Christian Nelson cnelson at comm.umass.edu
Mon Dec 17 12:56:26 PST 2001


Halliday speaks of anti-languages, and perhaps anti-language communities.
Not sure how it fits here, though. His main example of an anti-language is
Grypserka (sp?)--a language created by prisoners in Poland to make their
communication obscure to their guards by altering aspects of  Polish
vocabulary, morphology, etc. Seen in this light, some have complained that
academese is a kind of anti-language.
--Christian Nelson


R.A.Hope-Hume at open.ac.uk wrote:

>  Didn't Halliday talk about something he called sometibg like
> 'anti-communinity' (or something like that) in this regard?
>
> Bob Hope-Hume
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: John Daly
> To: air-l at aoir.org
> Sent: 17/12/01 19:45
> Subject: [Air-l] Re: Company vs. Community (Andrew Perrin)
>
> I wonder is "community" is not a term of convenience, like the word
> "system". I suspect that I use the term "community" to distinguish a
> social group as an object of discussion or analysis, differentiating it
> from the background society. I suspect like "system", the designation is
> effective if the communication
> within the community is stronger than the communication across the
> community frontier.
>
> Companies, of course, are formal organizations, where someone (else) has
> gone to the effort of designating the frontiers and formalizing some of
> the institutional relationships. Except I work with developing countries
> in which lots of companies are not formal companies.
>
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