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The Routledge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics

1st Edition

Edited by Tom Bartlett, Gerard O'Grady


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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.


"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

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Reading SFL

Tom Bartlett & Gerard O'Grady

Chapter 2

SFL as a Linguistic theory

John Bateman

Chapter 3

What is a system? What is a function?

Elissa Asp

Chapter 4

Stratum, Delicacy, Realisation and Rank

Margaret Berry

Chapter 5

Cardiff Grammar: Meaning to Form

Robin Fawcett


Chapter 6

SFL and the clause: The Experential Metafunction

Kristin Davidse

Chapter 7

The Logical Metafunction in Systemic Functional Linguistics

David Butt &Jonathan Webster

Chapter 8

Interspersonal meaning and the Clause

Thomas Andersen

Chapter 9

Textual Metafunction and Theme: What's 'it' about?

Gail Forey & Nicholas Sampson

Chapter 10

Intonation and SFL: The way forward

Gerard O'Grady

Chapter 11

Theme in the Cardiff Grammar

Huang Guowen

Chapter 12

Transitivity in Cardiff Grammar

Amy Neale

Chapter 13

Theme in Spanish

Jorge Arus Hita

Chapter 14

Mood in Japanese



Chapter 15

The Phoneme and Word Phonology in SFL

Paul Tench

Chapter 16

Form and Function in Groups

Ed McDonald

Chapter 17

The English Nominal Group: the centrality of the Thing element

Lise Fontaine

Chapter 18

The Adjectival Group


Chapter 19

The Verbal Group

Beatriz Quiroz

Chapter 20

The Verbal Group in French


Chapter 21

The Nominal Group in Chinese

Eden Li

Chapter 22

Grammatical Metaphor

Miriam Taverniers


Chapter 23

Context in SFL: Towards Scalar Supervenience

Tom Bartlett

Chapter 24

Field Tenor and Mode

Wendy Bowcher

Chapter 25

Cohesion in SFL: A Theoretical Reflextion

Ben Clarke

Chapter 26

Register Analysis in Systemic Functional Linguistics

Alison Moore

Chapter 27

Context and Meaning in the Sydney Architecture of SFL

Ken Tann

Chapter 28

The Appraisal Framework and Discourse Analysis

Tereza Oteiza

Chapter 29

SFL and Genre Studies

Sheena Gardner


Chapter 30

SFL and Clinical Linguistics

Alison Ferguson, Elizabeth Spencer & Beth Armstrong

Chapter 31

Language as Verbal Art

Donna Miller

Chapter 32

Discourse Analysis

Bob Hodge

Chapter 33

Corpus and SFL

Serge Sharoff

Chapter 34

Translation Studies

Kerstin Kunz & ElkeTeich

Chapter 35

Interactions between Natural Language Processing and SFL

Mick O'Donnell

Chapter 36

Reading Images (including moving ones)

Chris Taylor

Chapter 37

SFL and Language Teaching

Anne McCabe

Chapter 38

SFL and Code Theory

Karl Maton & YaeganDoran

Chapter 39

Learning How to Mean: Parent-Child Interaction

Claire Painter


Chapter 40

Reading Further

Chapter 41

Looking Ahead: SFL in the 21st Century

Gerard O'Grady &Tom Bartlett

About the Editors

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).

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