The Correspondence between SSS and Jakobson's 'Pervasive Parallelism'

Verbal Art and Systemic Functional Linguistics - Donna R Miller

Donna R Miller [+-]
University of Bologna
Donna R. Miller holds the Chair of English Linguistics at the Department of modern languages, literatures and cultures of the University of Bologna, where she coordinates its English Language Studies Program and heads the Department’s Centre for Linguistic-Cultural Studies (CeSLiC). Her research has largely focused, in a Systemic Functional Linguistics perspective, on register analysis, in institutional text types and verbal art; her corpus-assisted investigations having specifically explored the grammar of evaluation in terms of APPRAISAL SYSTEMS. No stranger to Ruqaiya Hasan’s framework for the study of verbal art, of late Miller has energetically taken up its defence, but has also been reflecting intensely on Jakobson’s potential place within it. See, e.g.: her 2010 paper “The hasanian framework for the study of ‘verbal art’ revisited… and reproposed”, in Textus XXIII (1); the 2013 article “Another look at Social Semiotic Stylistics: Coupling Hasan’s ‘Verbal Art’ framework with ‘the MukaÅ™ovský-Jakobson theory”, in Gouveia & Alexandre (eds), Languages, Metalanguages, Modalities, Cultures: Functional and socio-discoursive perspectives, Lisbon, and her 2015 essay “Jakobson’s Place in Hasan’s Social Semiotic Stylistics: ‘Pervasive Parallelism’ as Symbolic Articulation of Theme”, in Bowcher & Liang, Society in Language, Language in Society. Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan, Palgrave Macmillan.


Starting with ‘the Mukařovský-Jakobson theory’ (Fowler 1986), delineating Jakobson’s contribution to the thesis and its relevance for SSS. Setting forth correspondences between Hasan’s approach and what Jakobson theorised as the empirical linguistic evidence of his ‘poetic function’: i.e., grammatical parallelism (1960); Arguing that what he calls ‘pervasive parallelism’ (1966) functions just as Hasan says that significant patterning in verbal art must: i.e., as a consistent and motivated foregrounding device which symbolically articulates the theme of the literature text.

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Miller, Donna R. The Correspondence between SSS and Jakobson's 'Pervasive Parallelism'. Verbal Art and Systemic Functional Linguistics. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2021. ISBN 9781781795347. Date accessed: 08 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.30888. Feb 2021

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