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Systemic Functional Linguistics

abbreviation(s): SFL
definition: Systemic-Functional Linguistics (SFL) is a theory of language centred around the notion of language function. While SFL accounts for the syntactic structure of language, it places the function of language as central (what language does, and how it does it), in preference to more structural approaches, which place the elements of language and their combinations as central. SFL starts at social context, and looks at how language both acts upon, and is constrained by, this social context. A central notion is 'stratification', such that language is analysed in terms of four strata: Context, Semantics, Lexico-Grammar and Phonology-Graphology.
related project(s):
  • The Knowledge Oriented Production of Multimodal Documents (KOMET)
  • Generalized Upper Model
  • Automatic Generation of Instructions in Languages of Eastern Europe (AGILE)
  • A Drafting Assistant for Technical Writers (DRAFTER)
  • HealthDoc
  • Generation Bank
  • Australian Research Council Projects on multilingual resources (ARC)
related organisation(s):
  • International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ISFLA)
  • Japan Association of Systemic Functional Linguistics (JASFL)
  • Systemic Meaning Modelling Group (SMMG)
  • Systemic Functional Association of Nigeria (SYSFLAN)
  • Association Française de La Linguistique Systémique Fonctionnelle (AFLSF)
  • Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association (ASFLA)
related person(s):
  • Robin P. Fawcett
  • John A. Bateman
  • Robert Spence
  • Peter H. Fries
  • Mick O'Donnell
  • Kristin Davidse
  • Erich Steiner
  • Elke Teich
  • Ruqaiya Hasan
  • Eija Ventola
  • James Robert Martin
  • M. A. K. Halliday
  • Christian Matthiessen
  • Gordon Tucker
related system(s) / resource(s):
  • SysGraph
  • KPML
  • Coder
  • RSTTool
  • Multex
  • SysGloss
  • SysRef
  • SysFan
  • SysConc
  • Virtual Ling 900
related publication(s):

An Introduction to Functional Grammar.
Michael A.K. Halliday.
Edward Arnold. London. 1985.

Language, Context and Text: a social semiotic perspective.
Michael A.K. Halliday and Ruqaiya Hasan.
Deakin University Press. Geelong, Victoria. 1985.

Construing experience through meaning: a language-based approach to cognition.
Halliday, Michael A.K. and Matthiessen, Christian M.I.M.
de Gruyter. Berlin. 1999.

Working with Functional Grammar.
Martin, J. R. and Matthiessen, Christian M. I. M. and Painter, Clare.
Hodder Education, London. 1996.