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    Being specific when you use the word “context”. How would you define the word "context"?


    In How to Get a 2:1 in Media Communication and Cultural Studies, Noel Williams writes:


    “Context” is one of those words you will encounter again and again, without anyone offering anything like a useful definition. It is something of a catch-all word usually used to mean “all those things in the situation which are relevant to meaning in some sense, but which I haven’t identified.”"


    He goes on to say that context is typically used to refer to one or more of the following:


    -“the cotext (i.e. other words used recently, and the kind of language in use, such as questions or answers, or greeting, or insult);.

    -the physical situation (time, place, speaker, setting, etc);

    -the knowledge and beliefs of the participants in the communication (such as, whether one person thinks the other is lacking in knowledge, or when both participants think they are working towards an agreement );

    -the historical circumstances leading up to the communication

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    Default Re: Just how would you define "context"?

    How about adding social/power relationships to that?

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    Default Re: Just how would you define "context"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    How about adding social/power relationships to that?
    Like publishers, distributors, patrons and such?

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    Default Re: Just how would you define "context"?

    In the context of the media, yes. And what about all schemata?

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    Default Re: Just how would you define "context"?

    discourse??

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    Default Re: Just how would you define "context"?

    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    In the context of the media, yes. And what about all schemata?
    Tell us.

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    Default Re: Just how would you define "context"?

    Quote Originally Posted by hayriye kayi
    discourse??
    Could you expand on that a little?

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    Default Re: Just how would you define "context"?

    I can only tell you what I think "context" means in terms of pure language study:

    The meaning of a word based on its position and relationship to other words in a phrase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJM Ballantyne
    I can only tell you what I think "context" means in terms of pure language study:

    The meaning of a word based on its position and relationship to other words in a phrase.
    I'd use "cotext" or "textual context" there.

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    Default Re: Just how would you define "context"?

    See - there you go with that linguistics stuff again. It's not enough for it to be "context," it has to be "cotext" or "textual context."

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