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THE WORLD OF REPRESENTATION

BY : STUART HALL

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What are theories of the language representation ? And
how do we use this representational or symbolic system to regulate traffic ?

Representation is
a practice ,or a kind of ‘work’, which uses material objects as a effect .Representation
means using a language to say something meaningful about , or to represent the world
meaningful, to the other people .Language is a very broad and inclusive way to
represent 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)      Reflective
approach : In this meaning is thought to lie in the object ,person ,idea or
event in real world and language works like a mirror .

2)      Intentional
approach : In this the language refers to the unique meaning  and opposite cases  such as to communicate things which are
special or unique to us .

3)      Constructionist
approach : this approach refers to the public ; social characters of language .
things don’t means that we construct meaning ,using representational systems of
concepts and signs .

Language
functions as a representational system , as in the traffic lights example
traffic 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 material
phenomenon that produces the sensation of different colors .The culture is
something which breaks the spectrum of lights into different colors that are
differentiated  from their names – Red
;Green ; Yellow ; Blue – to them .We represent or symbolize the different
colors according to different color concepts and this is known as conceptual  color system of our culture .

Colors
do 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 stand
for ,symbolize or represent ‘blood’ or ‘Danger’ or  Communism”; Green may represent ‘Ireland’  or ‘The Countryside’ or ‘Environmentalisms’ .Red
and Green work in the language of traffic lights because ‘Stop’ and ‘Go’ are
the meanings which have been assigned to them in culture by the code or
conventions governing language. For example , according to the constructionist
approach colors and the ‘language of traffic lights work’ as a signifying or
representational system that is 
conceptual map of colors in our culture –the way colors are
distinguished from one another . Secondly ,there are ways or words or images
that are related , language of colors consists of more than just the  individual words for different points on
color of spectrum Meaning depends on
the relation between a sign and concept which is fixed by a code .  Meaning , the 
constructionist would say , is ‘relational’.
  

After
Collecting all the information under one Umbrella , I concluded that the
representation of language by colors has its own significance value to explain
something in a unique or a different way . The theories such  reflective ; intentional or constructionist
are the approaches that  have different
meanings of explaining one particular thing in three different ways  .Thus, the representational or symbolic
system plays a significant role to describe something in a reflective or
mimetic form of representation .