Developing Systemic Functional Linguistics - Theory and Application - Fang Yan

Developing Systemic Functional Linguistics - Theory and Application - Fang Yan

6. Linguistic sign and the science of linguistics: The foundations of appliability

Developing Systemic Functional Linguistics - Theory and Application - Fang Yan

Ruqaiya Hasan† [+-]
Macquarie University
Ruqaiya Hasan, who died in 2015, was a professor of linguistics who taught and held visiting positions at various universities in England. Her last appointment was at Macquarie University, Australia, from where she retired as Emeritus Professor in 1994. Throughout her career she researched and published widely in the areas of verbal art, culture, context and text, text and texture, lexicogrammar and semantic variation. Read her obituary here

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Systemic functional linguistics, especially the variety associated with the name of Halliday, has been perhaps unique in explicitly and defiantly celebrating the inherent relations of theory and practice from its earliest stages (e.g. Halliday, 1960). The actual range of purposes for which sfl has been used is indeed remarkable (Appendix A; Halliday, 2008: 190ff; Hasan et al., 2005, 2007). But my aim here is not to join in praise or denigration; I wish instead to raise a basic question: what enables a linguistic theory to become appliable? Why do some theories such as sfl or Prague School linguistics become widely appliable?3 Why do other models, some with claims of elevated intellectual pedigree, remain above or below human use?

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Hasan, Ruqaiya. 6. Linguistic sign and the science of linguistics: The foundations of appliability. Developing Systemic Functional Linguistics - Theory and Application. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 106 - 137 Feb 2014. ISBN 9781845539955. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19466. Date accessed: 26 Nov 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19466. Feb 2014

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