Reviews[This volume] has to a great extent brought SFL studies up to date and outlined the major trends in SFL. It is recommended.
Functions of Language
This volume presents current views on the achievements made in the study of Systemic Functional Linguistics in both theory and application, and on potential domains and directions for its further development.
The first part looks at strengthening theoretical research and description in system networks and seeks to deepen our understanding of the concept of choice and of the consequences arising from making choices in particular social contexts. It also makes comparisons of different models within SFL and of similarities and differences between SFL and other linguistic models. The second part sums up SFL’s fifty years of refinement as a theory and goes on to offer an explicit definition of Applicable Discourse Analysis, presenting views on the potential areas, methods and criteria for verbal and multimodal discourse analysis, with examples. The final part of the volume discusses potential directions for SFL, including expanding SFL typological research into languages other than English, in countries other than the major English speaking ones, exploring solutions to the challenges faced by multimodal discourse, extending traditional translation studies to other modes; extending stylistics studies across different disciplines; exploring the potential of SFL to tackle the challenges confronting language education at both macro and micro levels; and achieving globalization in SFL across cyberspace.
1: Theoretical issues in description
She took her BA in Sanskrit at SOAS, followed by an MPhil in General Linguistics and Comparative Philology at the University of Oxford. Her PhD research was on the Gujarati lyrics of Dayaram (1777-1852).
Professor Dwyer has published ten books, several of which are on Indian cinema. She has recently completed ‘Bollywood’s India: Indian cinema as a guide to modern India for Reaktion Books, London and Hachette, India. She is currently researching the Asian elephant in India.
2: Theory and its applications
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3: Developing directions
Victor has been active in the field of multimodality over a decade. He was a recipient of several scholarships, including the Singapore Ministry of Education Postgraduate Scholarship, the National University of Singapore Research Scholarship, and the Singapore Public Service Commission Scholarship. Victor’s publications include invited book chapters, articles, as well as papers in top-tier journals such as the Cambridge Journal of Education. He is also an invited reviewer of several journals. He blogs at Multimodal Literacy and Perspectives.
Victor is a founding member and serves on the Board of directors (non-remunerative) for CityCare, a non-profit organisation set up in 2007 for local community work and international humanitarian projects. He has participated in these efforts, such as being on the disaster relief team to help in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti as well as leading several school-development projects in China.