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Systemic Functional Linguistics
A Complete Guide

  • Available for pre-order on June 26, 2023. Item will ship after July 17, 2023
ISBN 9781138938274
July 17, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
632 Pages 117 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This user-friendly student guide is the essential resource for all those engaged in studying SFL (Systemic Functional Linguistics).

Assuming no prior knowledge, this guide is divided into nine chapters which can be read independently of one another and used for purposes of reference. The reading section maps out and mediates the key SFL literature. The Application guides show how SFL has been and can be applied to various domains, from translation to healthcare communication. The term guides demystify the core terminology and the vocabulary guides aid readers in dealing with the most commonly-used terms in text analysis.

Systemic Functional Linguistics is an invaluable guidebook for all those studying functional grammar and SFL within linguistics, applied linguistics and related courses.



Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen is Chair Professor of the Department of English, the Faculty of Humanities at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where he is a member of the PolySystemic Research Group. He has degrees in linguistics from Lund University (BA), where he also studied Arabic and philosophy, and from UCLA (MA, PhD).

Kazuhiro Teruya is Assistant Professor in the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.


An invaluable in-depth account of virtually everything one ever sought to know about SFL and its many rich and often competing developments, and all in a single work. Not simply another introduction, handbook, companion or glossary – though it clearly and capably draws upon these ample resources – but rather an intensely user-directed ‘guide’ to more effective SFL research and application for both students and seasoned scholars. Truly and remarkably different in its rationale and reach.

Donna R. Miller, University of Bologna, Italy

This book is a must have.  It is a very timely and needed resource which is certain to be of great interest to the entire SFL community. It is both a useful reference in itself, and a very welcome and balanced guide to SFL. It will be essential  reading for researchers, teachers and students.

Gerard O'Grady, Cardiff University, UK