THE WORLD OF REPRESENTATION BY : STUART HALL NAME :MANJOT KAUR SECTION :002 (WORLD VIEW:GLOBAL APPROACH TO ARTS) STUDENT ID: 100307194 SUBMITTED TO: DR. LYNN RUSCHEINSKY What are theories of the language representation ? Andhow do we use this representational or symbolic system to regulate traffic ?Representation isa practice ,or a kind of ‘work’, which uses material objects as a effect .Representationmeans using a language to say something meaningful about , or to represent the worldmeaningful, to the other people .Language is a very broad and inclusive way torepresent something. Language is complex relationship between sounds and chords(by Du Gay ,ed.1997and Mackay ,ed.
1997). There are three approaches for explaining the meaning through language works they are :1) Reflectiveapproach : In this meaning is thought to lie in the object ,person ,idea orevent in real world and language works like a mirror .2) Intentionalapproach : In this the language refers to the unique meaning and opposite cases such as to communicate things which arespecial or unique to us .3) Constructionistapproach : this approach refers to the public ; social characters of language .things don’t means that we construct meaning ,using representational systems ofconcepts and signs .Languagefunctions as a representational system , as in the traffic lights exampletraffic lights is a machine which produces different colored lights in sequence.The effect of the light of different wavelengths on the eye _- which is a natural and materialphenomenon that produces the sensation of different colors .The culture issomething which breaks the spectrum of lights into different colors that aredifferentiated from their names – Red;Green ; Yellow ; Blue – to them .
We represent or symbolize the differentcolors according to different color concepts and this is known as conceptual color system of our culture .Colorsdo not have any true or fixed meaning in that sense .Red color does not mean to”Stop” in nature ,any more than Green means “Go “.In other words Red may standfor ,symbolize or represent ‘blood’ or ‘Danger’ or Communism”; Green may represent ‘Ireland’ or ‘The Countryside’ or ‘Environmentalisms’ .
Redand Green work in the language of traffic lights because ‘Stop’ and ‘Go’ arethe meanings which have been assigned to them in culture by the code orconventions governing language. For example , according to the constructionistapproach colors and the ‘language of traffic lights work’ as a signifying orrepresentational system that is conceptual map of colors in our culture –the way colors aredistinguished from one another . Secondly ,there are ways or words or imagesthat are related , language of colors consists of more than just the individual words for different points oncolor of spectrum Meaning depends onthe relation between a sign and concept which is fixed by a code . Meaning , the constructionist would say , is ‘relational’.
AfterCollecting all the information under one Umbrella , I concluded that therepresentation of language by colors has its own significance value to explainsomething in a unique or a different way . The theories such reflective ; intentional or constructionistare the approaches that have differentmeanings of explaining one particular thing in three different ways .Thus, the representational or symbolicsystem plays a significant role to describe something in a reflective ormimetic form of representation .