Foreword: On the Creation and Creator of RNT
An Introduction to Relational Network Theory - History, Principles, and Descriptive Applications - Adolfo Martín García
M.A.K. Halliday [+]
University of Sydney
This book offers an updated introduction to Relational Network Theory (RNT), a neurocognitive model of language compatible with systemic-functional tenets. Throughout its three parts, it describes and illustrates the logical types of relations found in a linguistic network. Part I traces the evolution of RNT from the 1960s to the present, highlighting its systemic and stratificational origins and identifying successive theoretical milestones. This part includes detailed explanations of the theory’s principles and notational devices. Part II offers an unprecedented collection of case studies showing descriptive applications of RNT. The studies deal with varied linguistic phenomena in different languages (phonological patterns in Russian, morphological systems in Polish and Spanish, pronouns andnouns in English discourse, speech errors in English and Polish). Part III presents basic notions of neurology and introduces neurocognitive modeling. Specifically, it describes the rationale and evidence through which relational networks can be understood in neurological terms. The book is prefaced by M. A. K. Halliday and includes a recent interview with Sydney Lamb, the main developer of the theory. Its didactic style and descriptive rigor render it useful for both linguistics students and professional linguists.