12. On Choosing the Subject Theme

Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence - Gordon Tucker

Margaret Berry [+-]
University of Nottingham (retired)
Margaret Berry, now retired, was Reader in English Language at the University of Nottingham, UK. She has published introductory books on systemic linguistics: An Introduction to Systemic Linguistics (Vol. 1): Structures and Systems (1975) Batsford and An Introduction to Systemic Linguistics (Vol. 2): Levels and Links (1977) Batsford. She has also published articles on a wide number of aspects of SFL, including context of situation, exchange structure, theme and rheme, given and new, register variation, and the application of SFL to the teaching of English. Her current research interests are in context of situation, exchange structure, theme and rheme and the written language of school children. She has lectured in China, Australia and Canada, as well as in Europe. She was instrumental in the organisation of a series of SFL workshops in Nottingham (1989-1992) which led to the formation of the European branch of the Systemic Functional Linguistics Association.


This volume brings together contributions to a key area of interest within the framework of systemic functional linguistics and this concerns the role of meaning in the lexicogrammar. A key figure in the debate on this role is Robin Fawcett who has long argued for a fully semantic lexicogrammar where the relevant systems are seen as representing ‘choices between meanings’. This volume, a festschrift in honour of Fawcett’s long-standing contribution to the field, raises important questions related to lexicogrammatical meaning within systemic functional linguistics by examining the meaning-form interface, lexicogrammatical meaning in theme and transitivity, as well as lexis, intonation and its role in computational models. Importantly, discussions in the volume also explore the relationship between alternative approaches to systemic functional lexicogrammar, notably between the Hallidayan model and the Cardiff Grammar model developed primarily by Robin Fawcett.

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Berry, Margaret. 12. On Choosing the Subject Theme. Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Feb 2020. ISBN 9781781796870. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34281. Date accessed: 12 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34281. Feb 2020

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