Book: Verbal Art and Systemic Functional Linguistics
Closing the volume is an ‘Afterwords’, which speaks to the future directions systemic functional stylistic studies might take. Here the field has been restricted to Hasan’s SSS, to its future, since one can assuredly trust that Halliday’s stylistic work will continue to receive due regard both within and outside the SFL community, while Hasan’s stylistic legacy is indubitably less secure. Another choice made was to dialogue with Bowcher (2018), the closing chapter to a volume dedicated to Hasan and entitled ‘Future directions in the study of verbal art’. Many are the suggestions for future research that she makes and it is these that are assessed and responded to in this final part of the volume.