Verbal Art and Systemic Functional Linguistics - Donna R. Miller

Verbal Art and Systemic Functional Linguistics - Donna R. Miller

The Case for Slotting Jakobson into SSS

Verbal Art and Systemic Functional Linguistics - Donna R. Miller

Donna R. Miller [+-]
University of Bologna
Donna R. Miller is Alma Mater Professor at the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the University of Bologna (in retirement since July 2019). Her corpus-assisted investigations have regularly explored the grammar of evaluation in institutional text types and verbal art, this last being the central focus of her recent work, in a Hasanian perspective.


Chapter 3 sets out my arguments, which some might already be familiar with, for ‘slotting Jakobson into SSS’ (e.g. Miller 2016a). This is a proposal that I never quite managed to convince Hasan of the need for, although I had made some headway before she left us. She had been at least somewhat intrigued by what had prompted my own thinking, hypotheses, experimentation and conclusions on the question, i.e., what Fowler (1986) dubbed ‘The Mukařovský-Jakobson Theory’, bringing together in an equation one theoretician, fundamental to Hasan’s SSS, Mukařovský, and his contemporary, Jakobson, completely absent from it. Yet till the end she remained sceptical. Her various doubts/issues are rebutted one by one and my case is rested with a bid for a fine-tuned SSS plus (SSS+), one which acknowledges the equivalence of Jakobson’s theory of pervasive parallelism to Hasan’s own means of foregrounding the artistic theme of what she calls the “literature text”. The chapter continues with an illustration of SSS+ via the analysis of pervasive parallelism in one poem by D.H. Lawrence, ‘Bei Hennef’ (1913). Subsequently, seeking to illuminate and validate the findings emerging from the analysis of the poem, it probes its context of creation as Hasan defines it: a tri-dimensional entity consisting of the language, world view and artistic conventions of the socially-situated writer, all examined vis-à-vis those of the time/place of writing.

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Miller, Donna R. The Case for Slotting Jakobson into SSS. Verbal Art and Systemic Functional Linguistics. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 37-54 Oct 2021. ISBN 9781781795347. Date accessed: 26 Jun 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30886. Oct 2021

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