For nearly half a century, Professor M. A. K. Halliday has been enriching the discipline of linguistics with his keen insights into the social semiotic phenomenon we call language. This ten-volume series presents the seminal works of Professor Halliday. This third volume includes papers that explore different aspects of language from a systemic functional perspective. The papers are organized into three sections: the place of linguistics as a discipline; linguistics and language; and language as social semiotic. In addition, there is a new work from Professor Halliday, entitled 'On the architecture of human language', in which he focuses on the assumptions or working hypotheses that enabled him to explore important questions about this massive semiotic power called 'language'.
M. A. K. Halliday is Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney. As a self-styled 'generalist' he has published in many branches of linguistics, both theoretical and applied. The volumes in this series encompass these aspects of Halliday's work.
Introduction - On the 'Architecture' of a Language by M. A. K. Halliday; Part One: The Place of Linguistics as a Discipline; 1. Syntax and the Consumer; 2. Grammar, Society and the Noun; 3. The Context of Linguistics; 4. Ideas about Language; 5. Language and the Order of Nature; 6. New Ways of Meaning: The Challenge to Applied Linguistics; Part Two: Linguistics and Language; 7. A Brief Sketch of Systemic Grammar; 8. Systemic Background; 9. Systemic Grammar and the Concept of a 'Science of Language'; 10. Language in a Changing World; 11. A Recent View of 'Missteps' in Linguistic Theory; 12. Linguistics as Metaphor; 13. Is the Grammar Neutral? Is the Grammarian Neutral?; Part Three: Language as Social Semiotic; 14. The Functional Basis of Language; 15. Towards a Sociological Semantics; 16. The History of a Science; 17. The Act of Meaning. 18. On Language in Relation to the Evolution of Human Consciousness; Appendix: Systemic Theory.