Introduction to Matthiessen's Collected Works

Systemic Functional Linguistics, Part 1 - Volume 1 - Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen

Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen [+-]
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
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Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen is a Swedish-born linguist and a leading figure in the systemic functional linguistics (SFL) school, having authored or co-authored more than 100 books, refereed journal articles, and papers in refereed conference proceedings, with contributions to three television programs. He is currently Chair Professor in the Department of English at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Before this, he was Chair of the Department of Linguistics at Macquarie University in Sydney. Professor Matthiessen has worked in areas as diverse as language typology, linguistics and computing, grammatical descriptions, grammar and discourse, functional grammar for English-language teachers, text analysis and translation, the evolution of language.


Volume 1 provides the foundation for the whole series of collected works, and includes chapters that serve as introduction of and summaries of Systemic Functional Linguistics. It is concerned with the nature of Systemic Functional Linguistics as theory, as framework and as a school of linguistics. It includes an overview of the organization or “architecture” of language according to SFL and of the lexicogrammatical subsystem of language, and of Halliday’s conception of language as a resource for making meaning. It is also concerned with the history and development of SFL. The new chapter written for Volume 1 addresses the theme underpinning all the chapters in the volume: the challenge of theorizing language, and it introduces the metaphor of cartography (used by Matthiessen in his work on language) as a way of mapping linguistic theory, showing how all areas relate to one another.

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Matthiessen, Christian. Introduction to Matthiessen's Collected Works. Systemic Functional Linguistics, Part 1 - Volume 1. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781797082. Date accessed: 08 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.37438. Oct 2020

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