Verbal Art and Systemic Functional Linguistics
Donna R Miller [+–]
University of Bologna
also been reflecting intensely on Jakobson’s potential place within it. See, e.g.: her 2010 paper “The hasanian framework for the study of ‘verbal art’ revisited… and reproposed”, in Textus XXIII (1); the 2013 article “Another look at Social Semiotic Stylistics: Coupling Hasan’s ‘Verbal Art’ framework with
‘the MukaÅ™ovský-Jakobson theory”, in Gouveia & Alexandre (eds), Languages, Metalanguages, Modalities, Cultures: Functional and socio-discoursive perspectives, Lisbon, and her 2015 essay “Jakobson’s Place in Hasan’s Social Semiotic Stylistics: ‘Pervasive Parallelism’ as Symbolic Articulation of Theme”, in Bowcher & Liang, Society in Language, Language in Society. Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan, Palgrave Macmillan.
This book provides an overview of the dialectic of theory and practice through which SFL positions itself as an appliable linguistics with reference to the theory of Verbal Art. Early chapters sketch a concise history of the linguistic study of literature tout court, as well as the emergence and development of specifically SFL approaches to it and convergences and divergences among approaches. A detailed theoretical description is given of the overall architecture of SSS (Systemic Socio-Semantic Stylistics), the central descriptive-analytical model created by Ruqaiya Hasan. In addition, the correspondences between Hasan’s framework and what Jakobson theorised as the empirical linguistic evidence of his ‘poetic function’, grammatical parallelism and with what he calls ‘pervasive parallelism’ are delineated. Due attention is also paid to the valuable, if limited, synergy that there is between Corpus Linguistics (CL) and SSS as well as the appliablilty of SSS to translation studies and to EFL. The author also offers views on the possible – and desired –directions that SSS within SFL may take in the future.
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