Applying Systemic Functional Linguistics: The State of the Art in China Today showcases new work from leading scholars in China, as well as offering perspectives on this work from M.A.K. Halliday and Jim Martin. The range of topics covers graphology/phonology, lexis, group and clause, clause complex, text, typology, semiotics, multimodality, stylistics, translation, and teaching. Not only will this book introduce the latest research into language and multimodal discourse being undertaken by scholars in China today, but also suggest the way forward in terms of where linguistics should be going if the aim is (still) to create 'the innovative producers of social semiotic theory, description and practice the world rightfully expects from the intellectual superpower China is economically positioned to become' (Jim Martin). This book is essential reading for scholars involved with systemic functional linguistics and interested in its shifting dynamics.
Foreword, Huang Guowen Editors' Preface, Peng Xuanwei & Jonathan Webster Part 1: Perspectives on the State of the Art in China: from the outside looking in 1. The contribution of Systemic Functional Theory to linguistics in China, M.A.K. Halliday 2. Teaching systemic functional linguistics in China: One visiting professor's view, James Martin Part 2: Showcasing the State of the Art in China Introduction, Hu Zhuanglin Graphology and Phonology 3. Stroke systems in Chinese characters: A Systemic Functional perspective on simplified regular script, Peng Xuanwei 4. A corpus-based Systemic Functional phonological approach to modern Chinese modal particles, Liu Chengyu Lexis 5. Emotion verbs and emotion verbs in Chinese: Their distinctions and sub-classifications based on configurative facts, Song Chengfang 6. Verb types, process types and incident structure: From lexis to discourse semantics, Lu Guoyan & Gao Yanmei Word Group 7. Structure and function of measure nominals in English and Chinese, Yang Bingjun 8. Systemic Functional Study of the Chinese Temporal System: Marked Chinese tenses, He Wei & Ma Ruizhi Clause and Clause Complex 9. Range characteristics in material clauses in Mandarin Chinese, Yang Guowen 10. Chinese Characteristics of Clause Complex: A Systemic Functional account, Hsu Fu-mei Text 11. Generic distributions of English Appraisal categories based on Appraisal corpus, Yu Li, Peng Xuanwei, He Zhongqing, Liu Yujie, Zhang Ranran, Tan Xianfang & Wang Yuying Typology 12. Lexis-grammar complementarity and system of Person: A Systemic typological perspective, Wang Pin Semiotics 13. Issues concerning the disciplinary status of semiotics, Hu Zhuanglin Multimodality 14. Lexicogrammar and text in multimodal discourse analysis, Zhang Delu 15. A study of multimodal engagement resources and voice interaction in pedagogic discourse, Chen Yumin 16. Meaning-making in multimodal visual narrative: patterns of visual weaving, Yang Xiran & Jonathan Webster Stylistics 17. Ways of illustrating and ways of explicating: Multimodal symbolic articulation in illustrated Shih-shuo Hsin-yu, Liu Shisheng & Song Chengfang Translation 18. Searching for Metafunctional equivalence in translated texts, Huang Guowen Teaching 19. Genres in Chinese MA theses: a SFL-based contrastive analysis and implications for teaching, SunYinghui & Ju Zhiqin Lexicography 20. Defining English idioms in a bilingual learner's dictionary: applications of Systemic Functional Linguistics in lexicography, Chang Chenguang Register variation 21. The linguistic features of knowledge construction in Chemistry textbooks, Yang Xinzhang References Index
Jonathan Webster, Professor, City University of Hong Kong Xuanwei Peng, Professor, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China
Reviews for Applying Systemic Functional Linguistics: The State of the Art in China Today
This volume is a meticulous and valuable resource of articulating the state of the art of SFL in China for the linguists and the students who are fascinated with Chinese and/or SFL. The contributors not only lead the way to SFL founded by Halliday ... but also show their specific scenes that they have cultivated rooted in China. The 21 papers illustrate the insightful points of the developments of SFL in different areas in China as to be considered as an invaluable academic collection. * Linguistics and the Human Sciences * This very welcome publication offers both definitive accounts of the development of Systemic Functional Linguistics in China and a variety of significant scholarship in sub fields of Systemic Functional Linguistics. Each of the specialized chapters makes an important contribution to Systemic Functional theory and description. -- Michael Cummings, Professor emeritus and Senior Scholar, York University, Canada This book adroitly combines invaluable information on the historical development of Systemic Fundamental Linguistics in China with intriguing examples of current work, across linguistic strata and semiotic modalities. It is very important reading for anyone interested in international developments in SFL. -- Geoff Williams, Honorary Professor of Education, University of Sydney, Australia and Emeritus Professor of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia, Canada.