Continuum Companion to Systemic Functional Linguistics by Jonathan J. Webster

By Jonathan J. Webster

The Continuum significant other to Systemic practical Linguistics is designed to be the basic one-volume source for college students and researchers. The ebook comprises: creation to the sector via M A ok Halliday; accomplished creation to technique and concerns; definitions of key phrases; outlines of analysis parts; advisor to learning systemic useful linguistics; bibliography of key readings. accomplished and obtainable, this Continuum better half would be the crucial consultant for college kids and researchers of systemic practical linguistics.

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Basing the picture on the cline of instantiation is helpful in sorting out “multilingual studies” as a diverse yet coherent area of investigation (see Matthiessen, Teruya & Wu, 2008). This is close to what Ellis (1966) called “a general comparative linguistics” many years ago (cf. also Ellis, 1987), and it includes typological and comparative linguistics, contrastive analysis, translation and interpreting studies, studies of language contact and of multilingualism (with bilingualism as a special case) in community and individual, language contact, language planning, and second/ foreign language education.

Such a picture would allow us to identify gaps, each gap representing a potential opportunity for new developments. 1 Ways of characterizing the focus of different areas of investigation To produce such a picture, we could use any of the dimensions of organization embodied in language (or those embodied in any other semiotic system). indd 24 4/6/2009 2:05:37 PM Ideas and New Directions phenomena 25 textual interpersonal experiential metafunctionstratificationmatrix logical potential connotative semiotic: context denotative semiotic: language study of phenomena subpotential / instance type context of culture context of subculture, institution linguistic system register description of potential description of subpotential situation type instance context of situation stratificationinstantiation matrix text type analysis of instance type wider range text analysis of instance narrower range relative to institutional setting of investigation Figure 3 Determining the focus of the study of phenomena according to the dimensions of the organization of the phenomena organization of language in context: (i) the spectrum of metafunction, (ii) the hierarchy of stratification, and/or (iii) the cline of instantiation: see Figure 3.

G. Knox & Patpong (2008). 3 Organizational linguistics Organizational (or administrative) linguistics (to use this as a provisional name) has also developed as an area of research within systemic functional linguistics in recent years. It is concerned with administrative, bureaucratic or organizational discourse, which has a centre of gravity in the ‘enabling’ sector of the diagram in Figure 4. It overlaps with the interest in language in the workplace in applied linguistics, which has been informed by various theoretical approaches, including SFL.

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