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Verbal Art and Systemic Functional Linguistics

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This book provides an overview of the dialectic of theory and practice through which SFL positions itself as an appliable linguistics with reference to the theory of Verbal Art. Early chapters sketch a concise history of the linguistic study of literature tout court, as well as the emergence and development of specifically SFL approaches to it and convergences and divergences among approaches. A detailed theoretical description is given of the overall architecture of SSS (Systemic Socio-Semantic Stylistics), the central descriptive-analytical model created by Ruqaiya Hasan. In addition, the correspondences between Hasan’s framework and what Jakobson theorised as the empirical linguistic evidence of his ‘poetic function’, grammatical parallelism and with what he calls ‘pervasive parallelism’ are delineated. Due attention is also paid to the valuable, if limited, synergy that there is between Corpus Linguistics (CL) and SSS as well as the appliablilty of SSS to translation studies and to EFL. The author also offers views on the possible – and desired –directions that SSS within SFL may take in the future.

Published: Feb 1, 2021