Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

15. SFL and the study of literature

Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Annabelle Lukin [+-]
Macquarie University
Annabelle Lukin is Senior Lecturer in Linguistics in the Centre for Language in Social Life, Macquarie University. She is interested in understanding more fully what it means to analyse text and linguistically construed social context in the terms established and developed in the work of linguists such as Halliday and Hasan. She works in particular in the areas of media and political discourse, and in literature, including literature and translation, and she has published in all these areas. She is co-editor (with Geoff Williams) of Language Development: Functional Perspectives on Species and Individuals (Continuum). She curates the ‘SFL Linguists’ site on VIMEO, and contributes to Wikipedia on topics in linguistics, especially on people and ideas from the systemic functional linguistics tradition.
Jonathan J. Webster [+-]
City University of Hong Kong
Jonathan J. Webster is Professor, Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics, and Director, The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies at the City University of Hong Kong. He is also the General Editor of the Equinox journal Linguistics and the Human Sciences and the editor (with Ruqaiya Hasan and Christian Matthiessen) of the two volume Continuing Discourse on Language: A Functional Perspective (Equinox, 2007).

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Both Halliday and Hasan – and others in the systemic functional tradition who have worked on literary texts, such as Butt (see e.g. 1983; 1984a; 1984b; 1985; 1988a; 1988b; 1996) and O’Toole (e.g. 1976; 1980; 1982; 1988) – see the stylistic tradition through the Russian Formalist and Prague Structuralist schools as part of the theoretical antecedents for the orientation to the study of verbal art which has developed in systemic functional work. That Halliday, Hasan and others should have seen in these scholarly traditions a conception of language in literature which harmonises with the systemic functional orientation is not surprising: both the Russian Formalists and Prague School scholars, for various philosophical reasons, were committed to bringing linguistics to the study of literature. A brief discussion of this work, with particular reference to the work of Mukarˇovský, will provide some of the relevant theoretical background to the work in systemic functional studies of verbal art.

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Lukin, Annabelle; Webster, Jonathan J. . 15. SFL and the study of literature. Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 413-456 Nov 2005. ISBN 9781845531140. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25339. Date accessed: 11 Aug 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25339. Nov 2005

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