This volume showcases previously unpublished research on theoretical, descriptive, and methodological innovations for understanding language patterns grounded in a Systemic Functional Linguistic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
- Describing languages, understanding language: Systemic Functional theory and description
- Axial argumentation below the clause: The verbal group in Khorchin Mongolian
- Axial argumentation and cryptogrammar in interpersonal grammar: A case study of Classical Tibetan mood
- Experiential cryptotypes: reasoning about process type
- Axial argumentation and cryptogrammar in textual grammar: theme in Brazilian Portuguese
- Arguments for seeing Theme-Rheme and Topic-Comment as separate functional structures
- Functional language typology: A discourse semantic perspective
- Construing relations between scientific activities through Mandarin Chinese
- The Baboon and the Bee: Exploring register patterns across languages
- Language shift: Bilingual exchange structure in classroom interactions
- Academic formalisms: Toward a semiotic typology
Y.J. Doran and J.R. Martin
Part I: Understanding grammar
Randy J. LaPolla
Part II: Contextualising grammar
J.R. Martin and Beatriz Quiroz
Harni Kartika Ningsih
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.