Key Terms in Systemic Functional Linguistics

Key Terms in Systemic Functional Linguistics

Paperback Key Terms

By (author) Christian Matthiessen, By (author) Kazuhiro Teruya, By (author) Marvin Lam


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  • Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
  • Format: Paperback | 322 pages
  • Dimensions: 138mm x 212mm x 20mm | 358g
  • Publication date: 25 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 184706440X
  • ISBN 13: 9781847064400
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 349,556

Product description

The field of Systemic Functional Linguistics is a social semiotic approach to language pioneered by M. A. K. Halliday, which has assumed a central importance in linguistics in recent years, anchored by a growing body of work. This book details the key terms, the key thinkers and the key texts in this field in an approachable, easy to understand and accessible manner. It is authored by leading names in the field and is aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates studying linguistics and language studies.

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Author information

Christian Matthiessen is Professor of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. Kazuhiro Teruya is Lecturer at The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. Marvin Lam is a researcher at The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies, City University of Hong Kong, China

Review quote

"This volume is a rich resource for anyone who wishes to find out how Systemic Functional Linguistics approaches the task of describing language, or to deepen their understanding of key concepts in SFL and the relationships between them. The book is no mere dictionary-type list of entries: there is a consistent and fully-justified emphasis on the central importance of understanding the place of each item in the overall architecture of the theory. This is highlighted not only through a network of cross-references to other entries but through a range of ingenious and effective visual representations of broader areas of the model. The stress on locating concepts in their wider context reflects the fundamentally systemic nature of the enterprise: grammatics (the theory of grammar) is treated in the same way as the grammar (the description of language or languages), as systems of interlocking choices. The book does not attempt to minimise the inherent complexity and extravagance of language, or the corresponding complexity and extravagance required in any adequate descriptive or theoretical account of language; but it establishes clear pathways through the complexity by shunting in an illuminating way between concise, lucid explanations of individual terms and impressively panoramic overviews of the systems in which these terms play a part. The picture that emerges from viewing SFL through the window of technical terms - "those meanings of the theory that have been lexicalised within the register or registers of that theory," as the Introduction puts it - is unexpectedly comprehensive and rewarding. This is a book that sets new standards of coverage, depth and coherence for glossaries of technical terms in any field." - Geoff Thompson is Senior Lecturer and Director of the MA TESOL at the School of English, University of Liverpool, UK

Table of contents

Introduction; I. Key Terms; II. Key Thinkers; III. Key Texts; Bibliography; Index.