Text and Social Context
Tom Bartlett [+–]
Tom Bartlett teaches SFL and Language, Genre and Ideology at Cardiff University. His doctoral fieldwork was on intercultural discourse between indigenous groups, national government and international development organisations. His research interests lie in the relationship between culture and genre and in developing hybrid genres that enhance the participation of minority groups in gatekeeping discourses.
Alison Moore [+–]
University of Wollongong
Alison Moore is a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Wollongong, Australia. She has degrees in linguistics and public health and has previously held research and teaching positions at Macquarie University and the University of Sydney. Ongoing research interests include systemic functional linguistics, modelling register and context, health discourse, and the representation and treatment of animals. Across these concerns a unifying theme is the construal of agency and identity. Alison is currently the Vice-President of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association and an editorial board member for the Journal of Animal Studies.
Rebekah Wegener [+–]
RWTH Aachen University
Rebekah Wegener is a lecturer and researcher in linguistics and semiotics at RWTH Aachen University and co-founder of learning technology start-up, Audaxi. She has a background in linguistics, semiotics, psychology and cognitive science. Her research interests include context modelling, theoretical and applied linguistics as well as intelligent learning and teaching technologies. She is currently working on models of context and register for text understanding and multi-modal environments, behavioural modelling for behavioural interfaces in artificial intelligence, corpus linguistics, and verbal art. Rebekah was introduced to Hasan’s work on verbal art by her teacher and colleague, Assoc. Professor David Butt, whose own work on verbal art is the inspiration behind her current projects and seminars on verbal art and stylistics.
This series provides in-depth accounts of language use in social life that interrelate fine-grained analysis of texts and extensive analysis of the sociocultural context in which the texts are produced and interpreted. It brings together and consolidates the strengths of various sociolinguistic, textual and critical discourse approaches to linguistic analysis that are often treated in isolation. The series draws explicitly on functional accounts of language-as-action in specific social contexts both to analyse the social meaning of situated texts and to test and develop the theory against these accounts.
Books in this series provide a fuller and more adequate description of the social context than is often afforded by existing textual studies. Equal prominence is therefore given to descriptions of context, drawing on methods from disciplines such as ethnography, sociology and psychology, and to the language produced. Titles are expected to discuss not only significant patterns of linguistic choices in texts and their role in construing the context in which the texts function, but also the dynamics of language production and uptake. They typically present and discuss (in any appropriate sequence):
(i) a broad account of the context of the study;
(ii) a functional linguistic account of the area of language in focus;
(iii) analyses of language-in-use in the specific context, drawing on disciplines such as ethnography, sociology and psychology to enhance the interpretation of the linguistic analysis;
(iv) suggested theoretical developments to the theory in light of the analyses;
(v) suggestions for linguistic intervention in the context described.
Books in this series are mainly addressed to researchers, postgraduate students and teachers working within all areas of language in social life, though they will also be of use in specialist undergraduate study.
Prospective authors are advised to contact the series editors to discuss a project.