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The Routledge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics

ISBN 9780415748407
Published January 12, 2017 by Routledge
682 Pages 104 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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