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Systemic Functional Linguistics: Exploring Choice

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Lise Fontaine, M. A. K. Halliday, David G. Butt, Alison Moore, Kathryn Tuckwell, Maria Freddi, Carl Bache, Robin P. Fawcet, Sydney Lamb, Elissa Asp, José María Gil, Ana Elina Martínez-Insua, Geoff Thompson, Michael O'Donnell, Ruqaiya Hasan, Claire Urbach, Wendy L. Bowcher, Tom Bartlett, Margaret Berry, Víctor M. Castel, Elke Teich, Donna Miller, Jane Johnson, Astika Kappagoda, Pedro Henrique Lima Praxedes Filho
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  • Date Published: February 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107036963

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  • This stimulating volume provides fresh perspectives on choice, a key notion in systemic functional linguistics. Bringing together a global team of well-established and up-and-coming systemic functional linguists, it shows how the different senses of choice as process and as product are interdependent, and how they operate at all levels of language. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, it covers a range of linguistic viewpoints, informed by evolutionary theory, psychology, sociology and neuroscience, to produce a complex but unifying account of the issues. This book offers a critical examination of choice and is ideal for students and researchers working in all areas of functional linguistics as well as cognitive linguistics, second language acquisition, neurolinguistics and sociolinguistics.

    • Brings together a team of established names in the field of systemic functional linguistics as well as a new generation of scholars, which will benefit readers by offering new perspectives on the topic
    • This volume links systemic functional linguistic theory to a number of allied disciplines and will appeal to students and researchers in a variety of subject areas as well as those interested in a more interdisciplinary work
    • Offers a critical examination of choice in systemic functional theory and will appeal to those who have been uncomfortable with the lack of debate on this central concept
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    • Date Published: February 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107036963
    • length: 532 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 155 x 31 mm
    • weight: 1.02kg
    • contains: 124 b/w illus. 1 colour illus. 54 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: choice in contemporary systemic functional theory Lise Fontaine
    Part I. Choice: Theory and Debate:
    1. Meaning as choice M. A. K. Halliday
    2. The teleological illusion in linguistic 'drift': choice and purpose in semantic evolution David G. Butt, Alison Moore and Kathryn Tuckwell
    3. Choice and language variation: some theoretical reflections Maria Freddi
    4. Grammatical choice and communicative motivation: a radical systemic approach Carl Bache
    5. Semantic options and complex functions: a recursive view of choice Lise Fontaine
    6. Choice and choosing in systemic functional grammar: what is it and how is it done? Robin P. Fawcet
    Part II. Cognitive and Neurolinguistic Views on Choice:
    7. Systemic networks, relational networks, and choice Sydney Lamb
    8. The twin paradoxes of unconscious choices and unintentional agents: what neurosciences say about choice and agency in action and language Elissa Asp
    9. A neurocognitive interpretation of systemic functional choice José María Gil
    Part III. Linguistic Constraints on Choice:
    10. There-constructions as a choice for coherence in the recent history of English Ana Elina Martínez-Insua
    11. Picking an argument: politicians' choice of persuasive strategies Geoff Thompson
    12. A dynamic view of choice in writing: composition as text evolution Michael O'Donnell
    Part IV. Cultural and Contextual Constraints on Choice:
    13. Choice, system, realization: describing language as meaning potential Ruqaiya Hasan
    14. 'Choice' in relation to context: a diachronic perspective on cultural valeur Claire Urbach
    15. Material action as choice in field Wendy L. Bowcher
    16. 'I'll manage the context': context, environment and the potential for institutional change Tom Bartlett
    17. Towards a study of the differences between formal written English and informal spoken English Margaret Berry
    18. Genre-driven constraints on semantic choice Víctor M. Castel
    Part V. Interpreting Choice:
    19. Choices in analyzing choice: methods and techniques for register analysis Elke Teich
    20. 'Register-idiosyncratic' evaluative choice in congressional debate: a corpus-assisted comparative study Donna Miller and Jane Johnson
    21. Not exactly black letter law: emergent choices and textual symbolic design in Athenian legal-political oratory Astika Kappagoda
    22. Interlanguage lexicogrammatical fossilization or not? That's an SFL-related question from the viewpoint of choice Pedro Henrique Lima Praxedes Filho.

  • Editors

    Lise Fontaine, Cardiff University
    Lise Fontaine is a Lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University.

    Tom Bartlett, Cardiff University
    Tom Bartlett is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University.

    Gerard O'Grady, Cardiff University
    Gerard O'Grady is a Lecturer in Language and Communication at the Centre for Language and Communication Research in Cardiff University.

    Contributors

    Lise Fontaine, M. A. K. Halliday, David G. Butt, Alison Moore, Kathryn Tuckwell, Maria Freddi, Carl Bache, Robin P. Fawcet, Sydney Lamb, Elissa Asp, José María Gil, Ana Elina Martínez-Insua, Geoff Thompson, Michael O'Donnell, Ruqaiya Hasan, Claire Urbach, Wendy L. Bowcher, Tom Bartlett, Margaret Berry, Víctor M. Castel, Elke Teich, Donna Miller, Jane Johnson, Astika Kappagoda, Pedro Henrique Lima Praxedes Filho

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