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†

16. Semantic variation

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

Geoff Williams [+-]
University of Sydney
Additional to his honorary appointment at this University, Geoff is an Emeritus Professor of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where he was Head of the Department of Language and Literacy Education from 2005 to 2010. Earlier, he held senior lecturer appointments at the University of Sydney in the Faculty of Education (1979-1993) in the fields of Primary Education and English Language, and the Faculty of Arts, Department of English, in the English Language and Early English Literature section (1993-2005).

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Semantic variation is a particularly complex and intriguing concept developed in SFL research through transdisciplinary work. Three fields have contributed: linguistics, sociology and psychology. The concept was foregrounded by Hasan (1989) as a legitimate and significant research field in linguistics, contra Weiner and Labov (1983). However, the origins of interest in the concept can be traced to the early twentieth century, through various attempts at modelling and theoretical clarification in mid-century, to work which Hasan and her colleagues undertook during the 1980s specifically as semantic variation research. this chapter presents a summary and overview of current theoretical trends in this application of SFL.

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Williams, Geoff. 16. Semantic variation. Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 458-480 Nov 2005. ISBN 9781845531140. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25340. Date accessed: 06 Feb 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25340. Nov 2005

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