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Systemic Functional Linguistics, Part 1

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Volume 1 provides the foundation for the whole series of collected works, and includes chapters that serve as introduction of and summaries of Systemic Functional Linguistics. It is concerned with the nature of Systemic Functional Linguistics as theory, as framework and as a school of linguistics. It includes an overview of the organization or “architecture” of language according to SFL and of the lexicogrammatical subsystem of language, and of Halliday’s conception of language as a resource for making meaning. It is also concerned with the history and development of SFL. The new chapter written for Volume 1 addresses the theme underpinning all the chapters in the volume: the challenge of theorizing language, and it introduces the metaphor of cartography (used by Matthiessen in his work on language) as a way of mapping linguistic theory, showing how all areas relate to one another.

Published: Oct 1, 2019


Section Chapter Authors
Foreword Erich Steiner
Introduction to Matthiessen's Collected Works Christian Matthiessen
Editors' Notes for the Collected Works of Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen Kazuhiro Teruya, Diana Slade, Canzhong Wu
Chapter 1
Lexicogrammar in Systemic Functional Linguistics: Descriptive and Theoretical Developments in the “IFG” tradition since the 1970s (2007) Christian Matthiessen
Chapter 2
The 'Architecture' of Language According to Systemic Functional Theory: Developments since the 1970s (2007) Christian Matthiessen
Chapter 3
Ideas and New Directions (2009) Christian Matthiessen
Chapter 4
Systemic Functional Linguistics Developing (2010) Christian Matthiessen
Chapter 5
Halliday on Language (2015) Christian Matthiessen
Chapter 6
The Architecture of Phonology According to Systemic Functional Linguistics Christian Matthiessen


The depth and breadth of [Matthiessen's] thinking about language manifested in these contributions is exceptional, ranging from questions of the grammar and semantics of English and other languages, through issues in translation, in multimodal communication and in computational linguistics to fundamentals of linguistic and semiotic methodology. It is this breadth, together with a very consistent high level of quality, which constitutes one aspect of Matthiessen’s scholarly achievements. Regrettably, too many of his ideas to date have been difficult to access, have not been placed in their most coherent thematic context or have remained unpublished altogether. This makes a representative collection of these works timely and highly welcome for the linguistic community.
From the Foreword by Professor Dr. Erich Steiner, Saarland University