1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics

Edited By Tom Bartlett, Gerard O'Grady Copyright 2017
    706 Pages
    by Routledge

    706 Pages 104 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics brings together internationally renowned scholars of systemic functional linguistics (SFL) to provide a space for critical examination of the key tenets underpinning SFL theory. Uniquely, it includes description of the three main strands within contemporary SFL scholarship: Halliday’s Introduction to Functional Grammar, Martin’s discourse semantics and Fawcett’s Cardiff Grammar.

    In five sections and thirty-eight interdisciplinary chapters, this is the first handbook to cover the whole architecture of SFL theory, comprising:  

      • the ontology and epistemology of SFL;

      • SFL as a clause grammar;

      • lexicogrammar below the clause, and SFL’s approach to constituency;

      • SFL’s vibrant theory of language above the clause; and

      • SFL as a theory of praxis with real-world applications.

    With a wide range of language examples, a comprehensive editors’ introduction and a section on further reading, The Routledge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics is an essential resource for all those studying and researching SFL or functional grammar.

    List of figures List of tables Notes on contributors Acknowledgements  1 Introduction: reading systemic functional linguistics Tom Bartlett and Gerard O’GradyPART I A theoretical overview 2 The place of systemic functional linguistics as a linguistic theory in the twenty-first century John A. Bateman 3 What is a system? What is a function? A study in contrasts and convergences Elissa Asp 4 Stratum, delicacy, realisation and rank Margaret Berry 5 From meaning to form in the Cardiff Model of language and its use Robin P. FawcettPART II At clause rank 6 Systemic functional linguistics and the clause: the experiential metafunction Kristin Davidse 7 The logical metafunction in systemic functional linguistics David G. Butt and Jonathan J. Webster 8 Interpersonal meaning and the clause Thomas Hestbæk Andersen 9 Textual metafunction and theme: what’s ‘it’ about? Gail Forey and Nicholas Sampson10 Intonation and systemic functional linguistics: the way forward Gerard O’Grady11 Theme in the Cardiff Grammar Guowen Huang12 Transitivity in the Cardiff Grammar Amy Neale13 Theme in Spanish Jorge Arús Hita14 Mood in Japanese Kazuhiro TeruyaPART III Below the clause 15 The phoneme and word phonology in systemic functional linguistics Paul Tench16 Form and function in groups Edward McDonald17 The English nominal group: the centrality of the Thing element Lise Fontaine18 The adjectival group Gordon Tu


    Tom Bartlett is Reader in Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University, UK. He is the author of Hybrid Voices and Collaborative Change (Routledge, 2012) and Analysing Power in Language (Routledge, 2014).

    Gerard O’Grady is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University, UK. He is the author of A Grammar of Spoken English Discourse (2010).

    "The Handbook is to be highly recommended for its wide coverage of the major areas of SFL, its up-to-date discussion on SFL and its inclusion of the different schools in SFL."

    Bo Wang, School of International Studies, China and Yuanyi Ma, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong