The Bloomsbury Companion to M. A. K. Halliday

The Bloomsbury Companion to M. A. K. Halliday

by Jonathan J. Webster (Editor)


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Michael Alexander Kirkwood Halliday (1925-2018) was an iconic figure in the field of linguistics and the pioneer responsible for the development of systemic functional linguistics (SFL). The impact of his work extends beyond linguistics, into the study of stylistics, computation linguistics, visual narrative and multimodal communication and he was a founder of the field of social semiotics. Written by leading figures in the field, The Bloomsbury Companion to M. A. K. Halliday provides readers with an authoritative overview of Halliday's early career, his most important theoretical findings and how his work influenced the development of linguistics as a discipline. This paperback edition features a new chapter exploring his theory of verbal art and verbal science and the metaphor-making potential available in language, the final contribution to the field of one of the world's leading and most influential linguists.

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ISBN-13: 9781350092501
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 02/21/2019
Series: Bloomsbury Companions
Pages: 552
Product dimensions: 6.34(w) x 9.11(h) x 1.14(d)

About the Author

Professor Jonathan J. Webster is Head of the Department of Chinese, Translation and Linguistics at the City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Professor M. A. K. Halliday
was Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney, Australia and one of the world's most renowned linguists. He passed away in 2018.

Table of Contents

Part I: Halliday's Life
1. A Brief Biography, J. Webster
Part II: Halliday: the making of a mind
2. The 'History of Ideas' and Halliday's natural science of meaning, David Butt
3. Michael Halliday in China – Legacy and Advances from WANG Li, Alex Peng
4. J. R. Firth, Braj Kachru
5. Marxist Orientations, M.A.K. Halliday
6. The Evolution of a social semiotic: Halliday and the social sciences, R. Hasan
Part III: Halliday: Ideas about Language
7. Halliday on Language, C.M.I.M. Matthiessen
8. Language as a probabilistic system, C.M.I.M. Matthiessen
9. Language development in early childhood: Learning how to mean, Jane Torr
10. Halliday the grammarian: Axial foundations, Jim Martin
11. Intonation, Brad Smith and W. S. Greaves
12. Text & Discourse: the analysis of language in use, J. Webster
13. Halliday as an international educator, G. Williams
14. A Linguistics of Style, Halliday on Literature, A. Lukin
Part IV: Directions of Development from Halliday
15. Semantic variation: its place, and its tool power, in linguistics, David Butt
16. Halliday's three functions and their interaction in the interpretation of painting and music, M. O'Toole
17. Multimodal semiosis and semiotics, K. O'Halloran
18. Halliday's contributions to a theory of translation, Erich Steiner
19. Halliday in relation to language comparison and typology, Kazuhiro Teruya
20. Computational Linguistics: the Halliday connection, J. Bateman and Mike O'Donnell
21. The network edge: Network building as theory building in Halliday's Systemic Functional Linguistics, Alison Moore


J. Bateman, Bremen University, Germany \ David Butt, Macquarie University, Australia \ W.S. Greaves, York University, Toronto, Canada \ M.A.K. Halliday, University of Sydney, Australia \ Ruqaiya Hasan, Macquarie University, Australia \ Braj Kachru, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, USA \ Annabelle Lukin, Macquarie University, Australia \ Jim Martin, University of Sydney, Australia \ C.M.I.M. Matthiessen, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong \ Alison Moore, University of Wollongong, Australia \ Mick O'Donnell, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain \ Kay O'Halloran, National University of Singapore, Singapore \ M. O'Toole, Murdoch University, Australia \ Alex Peng, Beijing Normal University, China \ Brad Smith, University of Melbourbane, Australia \ Erich Steiner, Universität des Saarlandes, Germany \ Kazuhiro Teruya, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong \ Jane Torr, Macquarie University, Australia \ J.J. Webster, City University Hong Kong, Hong Kong \ Geoff Williams, University of Sydney, Australia

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