Linguists and linguistic analysts as well as the population were invited to use the theory of multimodal critical pragmatics (MCP) and the multimodal CPrag3SD, a multifunctional model to analyze meaning in all natural languages.
Professor of Pragmatics in Communication at Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Professor Ebiere Ken-Maduako made the call last Thursday, while delivering his inaugural lecture at the 39th University of Port Harcourt Inaugural Lecture Series .
Ken-Maduako, who emphasized the need for word users to consider the contextual and conceptual meanings of the choice of words used, in order to avoid being misunderstood and misinterpreted.
“After receiving topics from my lecturer, on the title: ‘meaning of meaning’, after doing a lot of research and understanding, the meaning became an intrigue. I seek and find meaning and different dimensions of meaning in everything I see, the conversation I listen to and the activities I observe, I read people’s body language effortlessly and I just seem to hear the “no -dit dit” in each speaking encounter. »
The keynote speaker highlighted what meaning is and how it should be applied in communications, adding that there are different forms of communication, including verbal; non-verbal; written and visual as modes of expression with different forms of language.
In his view on semantics, Ken-Maduako argued that it is a branch of linguistics that is concerned with the scientific study of the meaning of words in a natural language, but lacks a thorough expression of meaning, while the pragmatic is the practicality of meaning and considers the engagement of context in the meaning, interpretation or use of human language in social interactions.
She explained that humans and natural signs have different connotations such as ‘yawning’ which could mean a sign of tiredness or hunger and ‘don’t be silly’ which could mean advising a child or close friend. and an insult to an elder. or remote person.
She revealed that literal semantic theory cannot provide an adequate interpretation of the meaning of expressions in any natural language, while multimodal critical pragmatics theory and multimodality are a multifunctional model for analyzing meaning in all natural languages.
On the topic: “Meaning and the Linguist,” keynote speaker Ken-Maduako said words have been used differently to mean different things.
She cited a scenario where the Bible says, “If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away from you… Matthew 5:30 also in another scenario where drivers are held up in heavy traffic and they search for possible opening to cross, saying that the words you hear from them are: “Madam, Oga, cut off your left hand;” Oga na trailer you drive? ; Ma’am, aren’t you going to cut your hand or go right? What kind of wahala be said? ; Abeg cut off his hand to make it through, concluding by asking if all of the use cases of the words above really mean literally cutting off his hand? No, but conceptually the word cut, meant to leave the place, adding that in the above contexts, ‘cut’ must have another connotative meaning different from its conceptual meaning,” the professor added.
She concludes that the notion of meaning has been explored at different levels, domains and contexts.
The multifaceted nature of the meaning highlighted reveals immensely how exceptionally disparate it can be, highlighting that human language and the experiences of humans are so complex and multifaceted that a literal semantic theory cannot adequately provide interpretations of meaning. expressions in any natural language.
The inaugural lesson therefore proposed the theory of Multimodal Critical Pragmatics (MCP) and Multimodal CPrag3SD as a multifunctional model for the analysis of meaning in all natural languages.
“This model was also used in this inaugural lesson to highlight its effectiveness in language analysis because it extracts the smallest juice from the studied expressions.
She implored linguists as well as language users around the world to explore the multifunctionalism of MCP in their future research and analysis of spoken and written language.
“If you say that’s the meaning of this, you might not be quite right because in that context that might be the meaning of that word, but if you take it out if that context and the put in another context, you’ll see that it might mean something completely different to you.
“If I say you are a fool for doing this, I am simply telling you that you did something wrong, so in this context it can be taken as advice. The Speech Acts are perhaps not to accuse you, but to advise you, to open your eyes to what you have to see, maybe you should have done something different.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Acting Vice Chancellor, I AUE, Prof. Okey Onuchuku described academic research as a relevant tool that offers solutions to problems for a better solution as well as fostering innovation for a better society.
Professor Onuchuku commended the keynote speaker, Professor Ibiere Ken-Maduako, for sharing her professional experience on the subject, adding that the conference will greatly contribute to improving society.
“Professor Ken-Maduako presented his work in detail with an in-depth analysis of word meaning, noting that many now have a better understanding of semantics, pragmatics as well as models to use when analyzing word meaning. “
Onuchuku added that the knowledge gained from the conference will go a long way in solving problems and creating space for new research, while enjoining Don University not to slack off on academic research in order to bring about a better society.
“The inaugural lecture is what really brings a speaker to explain what he/she has professed and as evidenced today, the inaugural speaker has truly explained what he/she has professed over the years. In the reference aspect of her book presentation, you will see that there are several publications she has made and most of her speeches have been taken from them.
“She is an example of a serious scholar, who knows what she is doing because she delivered the inaugural lesson so well today.
By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana