Systemic Functional Linguistics

Authored by: Bernard Mohan , Tammy Slater

The Routledge Companion to English Studies

Print publication date:  March  2014
Online publication date:  March  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415676182
eBook ISBN: 9781315852515
Adobe ISBN: 9781317918929


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This chapter argues that the field of English studies (ES) needs greater integration, that is, more relationships between its parts, its participating disciplines. The various approaches to functional linguistics have the potential to provide greater integration for ES. By contrast with formal linguistics, approaches to functional linguistics explain the language system by relating it to how language functions in communicative situations and contexts of language use. In effect, these approaches relate the language system to other elements of ES.

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