1st Edition

Systemic Functional Language Description Making Meaning Matter

Edited By J.R. Martin, Y.J. Doran, Giacomo Figueredo Copyright 2020
    376 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    374 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume showcases previously unpublished research on theoretical, descriptive, and methodological innovations for understanding language patterns grounded in a Systemic Functional Linguistic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

    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



    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.