The Routledge Handbook of Transdisciplinary Systemic Functional Linguistics: Halliday beyond Linguistics

Rebekah Wegener* (Editor), Lise Fontaine (Co-Editor), Akila Sellami-Baklouti (Co-Editor), Anne McCabe (Co-Editor)

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The Routledge Handbook of Transdisciplinary Systemic Functional Linguistics showcases transdisciplinary applications of the work of M.A.K. Halliday, highlighting the full potential of applying systemic functional linguistic theory to respond to key questions across linguistics and beyond.

The handbook is the first of its kind to bring together diverse perspectives on the numerous applications of SFL through this type of approach, demonstrating how its very nature—in which language is viewed as combining the ideational, interpersonal, and the textual—enables transdisciplinary scholarship and multi-faceted applications. The volume begins by offering a brief survey of developments in SFL over the last several decades, beginning with Halliday’s earliest work. The first section explores the ways in which transdisciplinary applications of SFL can be used to trace or promote the individual’s expansion of semiosis and meaning-making resources, whose impact can be seen in such fields as child language development, language and identity, foreign language learning, and language and healthcare. Subsequent sections consider social and technical applications, with the former looking at SFL applications in political, cultural, and discourse-related issue and the latter examining technological advancements and how a transdisciplinary model of language can contribute to building better technology in the future. The final section of the book extends these conversations further by outlining future developments and their potential impact on the discipline, reflecting on new tools and models as well as the wider value of transdisciplinarity in encouraging continued collaboration across different disciplines.

The Routledge Handbook of Transdisciplinary Systemic Functional Linguistics is a pioneering collection on the transformative potential of the work of M.A.K. Halliday and SFL, making the book a valuable resource for students and scholars in applied linguistics, systemic functional linguistics, forensic linguistics, computational linguistics, and language and communication.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherRoutledge Publishing
Number of pages280000
Publication statusIn preparation - 2024

Fields of Science and Technology Classification 2012

  • 602 Linguistics and Literature

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