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4th Edition

Halliday's Introduction to Functional Grammar

ISBN 9781444146608
Published September 19, 2013 by Routledge
808 Pages

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Book Description

Fully updated and revised, this fourth edition of Halliday's Introduction to Functional Grammar explains the principles of systemic functional grammar, enabling the reader to understand and apply them in any context. Halliday's innovative approach of engaging with grammar through discourse has become a worldwide phenomenon in linguistics.

Updates to the new edition include:

  •  Recent uses of systemic functional linguistics to provide further guidance for students, scholars and researchers
  • More on the ecology of grammar, illustrating how each major system serves to realise a semantic system
  • A systematic indexing and classification of examples
  • More from corpora, thus allowing for easy access to data

Halliday's Introduction to Functional Grammar, Fourth Edition, is the standard reference text for systemic functional linguistics and an ideal introduction for students and scholars interested in the relation between grammar, meaning and discourse.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The architecture of language
Chapter 2: Towards a functional grammar
Chapter 3: Clause as message
Chapter 4: Clause as exchange
Chapter 5: Clause as representation
Chapter 6: Below the clause: groups and phases
Chapter 7: Above the clause: the clause complex
Chapter 8: Group and phrase complexes
Chapter 9: Around the clause: cohesion and discourse
Chapter 10: Beyond the clause: metaphorical modes of expression

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M.A.K. HALLIDAY is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, Australia.

CHRISTIAN M.I.M. MATTHIESSEN is Chair Professor of the Department of English in the Faculty of Humanities at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


'...an invaluable presentation of, and rationale for, the central descriptive apparatus of Halliday's systemic-functional grammar of English...essential reading for all students of English textual structure, teeming with insights.' - Michael Toolan, University of Birmingham, UK

'Anyone who claims any interst in practical grammar and its relationship to theoretical grammar should certainly familiarise themselves with it.' - Studies in Second Language Acquisition

'It is hard to imagine anyone in the field of applied linguistics or ‘linguistics applied’ that does not recognise the ever increasing insights that this 4th edition of SFG continues to give in seeing language from so many different perspectives. Its value for teachers and reseachers is immeasurable.' - J.A. Foley, Assumption University, Bangkok