Language in Action - SFL Theory across Contexts - María Estela Brisk

Language in Action - SFL Theory across Contexts - María Estela Brisk


Language in Action - SFL Theory across Contexts - María Estela Brisk

María Estela Brisk [+-]
Boston College
Maria Estela Brisk is Professor of Education at Boston College. Her research and teaching address writing instruction, genre pedagogy, bilingual education, bilingual language and literacy acquisition, and preparation of mainstream teachers to work with bilingual learners. She is the author of numerous articles and six books: Bilingual Education: From Compensatory to Quality Schooling; Literacy and Bilingualism: A Handbook for ALL Teachers; Situational Context of Education: A Window into the World of Bilingual Learners; Language Development and Education: Children with Varying Language Experiences (with P. Menyuk); Language, culture, and community in teacher education; and Engaging Students in Academic Literacies: Genre-based Pedagogy for K-5 Classrooms. Professor Brisk is a native of Argentina.
Mary J. Schleppegrell [+-]
University of Michigan
Mary Schleppegrell is Professor of Education at the University of Michigan. She uses systemic functional linguistics to study the linguistic challenges of learning and children’s language development. With literacy scholar Annemarie Palincsar, she led the Language and Meaning project to support bilingual children’s literacy development across subject areas, and is currently collaborating with Chauncey Monte-Sano to study teacher learning to support emergent bilinguals in social studies. She is the author of The Language of Schooling (Erlbaum, 2004), Developing Advanced Literacy in First and Second Languages (with Cecilia Colombi, Erlbaum, 2002,) Reading in Secondary Content Areas (with Zhihui Fang, University of Michigan Press, 2008), and Focus on Grammar and Meaning (with Luciana de Oliveira, Oxford University Press, 2015).


The title of this book, Language in Action: SFL Theory across Contexts, draws attention to the many ways Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) is informing not only researchers, but also applied linguists, educators, translators, and others interested in the ways language shapes and is shaped by the social contexts in which it acts as a powerful social semiotic. The ten chapters that make up this book exemplify the range of ways the theory and its powerful discourse analysis tools can be applied to better understand the role of language in social life. They also represent a key activity of systemic functional linguists in gathering internationally each year as a community of scholars.

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Estela Brisk, María; Schleppegrell, Mary. Introduction. Language in Action - SFL Theory across Contexts. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1-9 Jun 2021. ISBN 9781800500044. Date accessed: 11 Jun 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40625. Jun 2021

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