An Introduction to Relational Network Theory - History, Principles, and Descriptive Applications - Adolfo Martín García

An Introduction to Relational Network Theory - History, Principles, and Descriptive Applications - Adolfo Martín García

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
Professor M.A.K. Halliday is a British-born Australian linguist who developed the internationally influential systemic functional linguistic model of language. His grammatical descriptions go by the name of systemic functional grammar (SFG). He has worked in various regions of language study, both theoretical and applied, and has been especially concerned with applying the understanding of the basic principles of language to the theory and practices of education. He received the status of Emeritus Professor of the University of Sydney and Macquarie University, Sydney, in 1987. He has honorary doctorates from University of Birmingham (1987), York University (1988), the University of Athens (1995), Macquarie University (1996), and Lingnan University (1999).

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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.

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Halliday, M.A.K.. Foreword: On the Creation and Creator of RNT. An Introduction to Relational Network Theory - History, Principles, and Descriptive Applications. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. xv-xviii May 2017. ISBN 9781781792612. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26597. Date accessed: 23 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26597. May 2017

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