Continuing Discourse on Language: A Functional Perspective

Continuing Discourse on Language: A Functional Perspective

By: Jonathan Webster (editor), Ruqaiya Hasan (editor), Christian Matthiessen (editor)Hardback

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The two volume set Continuing Discourse on Language offers the reader a selective account of the evolution of important aspects of Halliday's Systemic Functional Linguistics over the last couple of decades. The range of topics covered includes not only certain fundamental concepts at the level of theory but also an account of the wide range of applications enabled by the descriptive framework that the theory has generated. Given its acclaimed perspective on language as social semiotic, SFL has always located semiotic activity in relation to human life: in the chapters of these two volumes internationally recognised authors attempt to show the ways in which SFL relates to recent research on cognition, on socio-cultural contexts, and in computational linguistics. A theory is only as good as the description and application it enables: conceptualising the relations of theory and practice as a dialectic, SFL has created a framework for the analysis of language from the level of cultural context to that of the media for semiotic expressions. Continuing Discourse on Language gives the reader an insight into the continuing evolution of the impressive range of frames of description and their applications: from typology to multi-modality, from models of discourse analysis to translation and stylistics, from the role of language in knowledge construal to language education, genre based pedagogy and web based learning, the two volumes together provide a rich resource for students and researchers in language study for understanding, practicing and applying a linguistics keenly aware of the role of language in social life.

About Author

Jonathan Webster is currently Acting Head, Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, and Associate Dean (Research and Administration), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the City University of Hong Kong. In addition to being General Editor of the new journal from Equinox called Linguistics and the Human Sciences (coming in April 2005), he is the Series Editor for the ten volume Collected Works of Professor M.A.K. Halliday (Continuum Books); and also the seven volume Collected Works for Professor Ruqaiya Hasan published by Equinox. Ruqaiya Hasan has taught and held visiting positions at various universities in England, America and Australia. Her last appointment was at Macquarie University, Australia, from where she retired as Emeritus Professor in 1994. Throughout her career she has researched and published widely in the areas of stylistics, culture, context and text, lexicogrammar and semantic variation. The latter involved the devising of extensive semantic system networks for the analysis of meaning in naturally occurring dialogues. Christian Matthiessen is Professor of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Australia. He is the editor and author of a number of books, most recently Introduction to Functional Grammar (co-edited with Michael Halliday, Hodder Arnold 2004) and Construing Experience Through Meaning (co-edited with Michael Halliday, et. al., Continuum 1999).


Volume One; Part One: The Beginnings; 1. M.A.K. Halliday: The Early Years 1925-1970 - Jonathan Webster, City University of Hong Kong; 2. The Development of Systemic-Functional Linguistics in China - Huang Guowen, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China; 3. SFL: A Working Model of Language - Christian Matthiessen, Macquarie University, and Ruqaiya Hasan; Part Two: Around Language; 4. Language and Society - Ruqaiya Hasan; 5. Method and Imagination in Halliday's Science of Linguistics - David Butt, University of Sydney; 6. Topics in Multimodality - Radan Martinec; 7. Interpersonal Gateway to Meaning and Mind - Paul Thibault, Universita Ca' Foscari di Venezia; Part Three: With Language; 8. What People Do to Know - Astika Kappagoda, University of Wollongong; 9. Developing Dimensions of an Educational Linguistics - Frances Christie, University of Sydney and Len Unsworth, University of New England, Australia; 10. Designing Literacy Pedagogy - J.R. Martin and David Rose; 11. Grammatics in Schools - Geoff Williams, University of Sydney; 12. SFL in Text Based Web-Enhanced Language Study - Carol Taylor Torsello and Anthony Baldry, both Universita di Padova; 13. SFL in Computational Contexts - Mick O'Donnell and John Bateman, University of Bremen; 14. Acquired Language Disorders - Elizabeth Armstrong, Macquarie University, Alison Ferguson, University of Newcastle, Australia, Lynne Mortensen, Macquarie University and Leanne Togher, University of Sydney; 15. SFL and the Study of Literature - Jonathan Webster and Annabelle Lukin; 16. Semantic Variation - Geoff Williams; 17. Halliday and Translation Theory - Enhancing the Options, Broadening the Range and Keeping the Ground - Erich Steiner, Universitat des Saarlandes; Volume Two; Part Four: Inside Language; 18. The 'Architecture' of Language According to Systemic Functional Theory: Developments since the 1970s - Christian Matthiessen; 19. From Microfunction to Metaphor: Learning Language and Learning through Language - Clare Painter, University of New South Wales, Beverley Derewianka, University of Wollongong, and Jane Torr, Macquarie University; 20. The Work of Concepts: 'Context' and 'Metafunction' in the Systemic Functional Model - David Butt and Rebekah Wegener, Macquarie University; 21. Field in Multimodal Texts - Wendy Bowcher, Tokyo Gakugei University; 22. Models of Discourse - Carmel Cloran, University of Wollangong, Virginia Stuart-Smith and Lynne Young, Carleton University; 23. Unfolding Theme: The Development of Clausal and Textural Perspectives on Theme - Geoff Thompson, University of Liverpool; 24. Semantic Networks - Ruqaiya Hasan, Carmel Cloran, Geoff Williams, University of Sydney, and Anabelle Lukin, Macquarie University; 25. Invoking Attitude: The Play of Graduation in Appraising Discourse - J.R. Martin, University of Sydney, and Susan Hood, University of Technology, Sydney; 26. Sydney SFL Grammar - Christian Matthiessen; 27. A Systemic-Functional Approach to the Typology of MOOD: System and Process - Kazuhiro Teruya, Ernest Akerejola, Macquarie University, Alice Caffarel, University of Sydney, Julia Lavid, Universidade Computense, Christian Matthiessen, Uwe Helm Petersen, Odense Universitet, Flemming Smedegaard, Odense Universitet, Thomas Hestbaek Andersen, Odense Universitet, and Pattama Patpong, Macquarie University; 28. Auxiliary Extensions: Six New Elements for Describing English - Robin Fawcett, Cardiff University; 29. Between Lexis and Grammar: Towards a Systemic Functional Approach to Phraseology - Gordon Tucker, Cardiff University; 30. Intonation in Systemic Functional Linguistics - William Greaves, York University, Canada

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  • Number Of Pages: 1024
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  • ISBN10: 1845531132

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