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Book: Language in Action

Chapter: Introduction

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40625


The title of this book, Language in Action: SFL Theory across Contexts, draws attention to the many ways Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) is informing not only researchers, but also applied linguists, educators, translators, and others interested in the ways language shapes and is shaped by the social contexts in which it acts as a powerful social semiotic. The ten chapters that make up this book exemplify the range of ways the theory and its powerful discourse analysis tools can be applied to better understand the role of language in social life. They also represent a key activity of systemic functional linguists in gathering internationally each year as a community of scholars.

Chapter Contributors

  • MarĂ­a Estela Brisk ( - mebrisk) 'Boston College'
  • Mary Schleppegrell ( - mchleppegrell) 'University of Michigan'