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Systemic Functional Language Description
Making Meaning Matter

ISBN 9780815395089
Published October 8, 2019 by Routledge
374 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume showcases previously unpublished research on theoretical, descriptive, and methodological innovations for understanding language patterns grounded in a Systemic Functional Linguistic perspective. Featuring contributions from an international range of scholars, the book demonstrates how advances in SFL have developed to reflect the breadth of variation in language and how descriptive methodologies for language have evolved in turn. Taken together, the volume offers a comprehensive account of Systemic Functional Language description, providing a foundation for practice and further research for students and scholars in descriptive linguistics, SFL, and theoretical linguistics.

Table of Contents

Table of contents

  1. Describing languages, understanding language: Systemic Functional theory and description

  2. Y.J. Doran and J.R. Martin

    Part I: Understanding grammar

  3. Axial argumentation below the clause: The verbal group in Khorchin Mongolian

  4. Dongbing Zhang

  5. Axial argumentation and cryptogrammar in interpersonal grammar: A case study of Classical Tibetan mood

  6. Pin Wang

  7. Experiential cryptotypes: reasoning about process type

  8. Beatriz Quiroz

  9. Axial argumentation and cryptogrammar in textual grammar: theme in Brazilian Portuguese

  10. Giacomo Figueredo

  11. Arguments for seeing Theme-Rheme and Topic-Comment as separate functional structures

  12. Randy J. LaPolla

    Part II: Contextualising grammar

  13. Functional language typology: A discourse semantic perspective

  14. J.R. Martin and Beatriz Quiroz

  15. Construing relations between scientific activities through Mandarin Chinese

  16. Jing Hao

  17. The Baboon and the Bee: Exploring register patterns across languages

  18. David Rose

  19. Language shift: Bilingual exchange structure in classroom interactions

  20. Harni Kartika Ningsih

  21. Academic formalisms: Toward a semiotic typology

Y.J. Doran


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J.R. Martin is Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, Australia, where he is also Deputy Director of the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building.

Y.J. Doran is Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Research Fellow at the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building at the University of Sydney, Australia.

Giacomo Figueredo is a Researcher and Senior Adjunct Professor of Linguistics at the Federal University of Ouro Preto, Brazil.