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Continuum Companion to Systemic Functional Linguistics by M. A. K. Halliday

Continuum Companion to Systemic Functional Linguistics


Continuum Companion to Systemic Functional Linguistics by M. A. K. Halliday

The Continuum Companion to Systemic Functional Linguistics is designed to be the essential one-volume resource for students and researchers. The book includes: introduction to the field by M A K Halliday; comprehensive introduction to methodology and issues; definitions of key terms; outlines of research areas; guide to researching systemic functional linguistics; bibliography of key readings. Comprehensive and accessible, this Continuum Companion will be the essential guide for students and researchers of systemic functional linguistics.


This is a most welcome collection, representing a wide range of applications of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) from leading scholars in the field. The chapters provide valuable insights into theoretical and methodological issues of current concern to SFL researchers. The book is an indispensable guide to engaging with SFL. - Honglin Chen, Senior Lecturer, University of Wollongong, Australia This volume makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of language as a semiotic system. It constitutes an absolutely essential minimal foundation for any student of functional linguistics, aiming at extending work already done on SFL by describing and explaining how the theory works in relation to the contexts for its application. The authors draw primarily on the work of Halliday, Hasan, Matthiessen and Martin to describe and explain the application of SFL in different disciplines and social contexts. The chapter on methods, techniques, and problems by Halliday provides the most comprehensive and enlightening synthesis of the theory up to date. In short, this book exemplifies the very best of what applied linguistics has to offer. - Maria Cecilia Colombi, Professor of Spanish, University of California, Davis, USA. This volume brings together twelve contributions from leading figures working in 'the IFG tradition
within Systemic Functional Linguistics. Each provides an overview of one aspect of recent thinking in this version of SFL, with its strongly social and cultural orientation. For readers who are looking for a one

-volume summary that gives the authentic flavour of this significant body of work, I warmly recommend this book. -Robin P Fawcett, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, Cardiff University, UK.

About the Author

Professor M. A. K. Halliday (b. 1925) was Foundation Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, Australia, until his retirement and has taught as a Visiting Professor around the world. As a self-styled 'generalist' he has published in many branches of linguistics. Professor Jonathan J. Webster is Head of the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics at the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

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Publication date

18th May 2009


M. A. K. Halliday

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Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


308 pages





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