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Book: Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar

Chapter: 5. ‘United but not the Same’: Exploring Ways of Talking across Divergence within SFL

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.34272


McDonald’s chapter explores the important role played by Fawcett in intratheoretical engagement within SFL. Drawing on Fawcett’s own linguistic-historical reflections on the evolution of SFL theory, and his arguments for his ‘Cardiff’ version of SFL in contrast to the ‘Sydney’ version, it discusses whether the metaphor of ‘dialect’ or ‘register’ more appropriately characterizes variants of SFL, and the nature of evidence commonly adduced to support differing positions on, for example, the verbal group. It concludes that different varieties of SFL, while drawing on a common theoretical tradition, nevertheless have different aims and applications and cannot be evaluated by identical criteria.

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  • Edward McDonald ( - emcdonald1) 'Sun Yat-sen University'