LINGUIST List 13.2002

Mon Jul 29 2002

Books: Ling Theories:On Grammar, M.A.K. Halliday

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  1. Rowan Wilson, 'On Grammar' by M.A.K. Halliday

Message 1: 'On Grammar' by M.A.K. Halliday

Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2002 17:40:16 +0100
From: Rowan Wilson <>
Subject: 'On Grammar' by M.A.K. Halliday

TWO NEW TITLES FROM Continuum - available now

Volume 1 in the Collected Works of M.A.K. Halliday

M.A.K. Halliday
Edited by Jonathan J. Webster

For nearly half a century, Professor M.A.K. Halliday has been
enriching the discipline of linguistics with his keen insight into
this social semiotic phenomenon we call language. This is the first
volume in a series presenting the collected works of Professor
M.A.K. Halliday. This first volume contains seventeen papers,
including a new piece entitled "a personal perspective", in which
Professor Halliday offers his own perspective on language and
linguistic theory as covered in his collected works. The first part
presents early papers (1957-1966) on basic concepts such as category,
structure, class, and rank.The second part highlights how over the
span of two decades (mid-sixties to mid-eighties) Halliday developed
systemic theory to account for linguistic phenomena extending upward
through the ranks from word to clause to text. The third part
includes more recent work in which Halliday discusses the issues
confronting those who would study linguistics, or as Firth described
it "language turned back on itself".

HB 0 8264 4944 1 �59.95 / $90 / 448 pp / July 2002
Introduction: A Personal Perspective by M.A.K. Halliday 
Section One: Early Papers on Basic Concepts

1. Some Aspects of Systematic Description and Comparison in Grammatical
2. Categories of the Theory of Grammar
3. Class in Relation to the Axes of Chain and Choice in Language
4. Some Notes on "Deep" Grammar
5. The Concept of Rank: A Reply Appendix to Section OneSection Two:
6. Lexis as a Linguistic Level 
7. Language Structure and Language Function
8. Modes of Meaning and Modes of Expression: Types of Grammatical Structure
and Their Determination by Different Semantic Functions
9. Text Semantics and Clause Grammar: How is a Text Like a Clause?
10. Dimensions of Discourse Analysis: Grammar Section Three:
Construing and Enacting
11. On the Ineffability of Grammatical Categories
12. Spoken and Written Modes of Meaning
13. How Do You Mean?
14. Grammar and Daily Life: Concurrence and Complementarity
15. On Grammar and Grammatics

M A K Halliday was born in Yorkshire in 1925. He was trained in Chinese for
war service with the British army; studied in China, taught Chinese in
Britain for a number of years, then moved into linguistics, becoming in 1965
Professor of General Linguistics at University College London. In 1975 he
was appointed Foundation Professor of Linguistics at the University of
Sydney, where he remained until his retirement. He has taught as Visiting
Professor in many countries and has honorary degrees from universities in
Australia, Britain, Canada, China, France, Greece and India. As a
self-styled "generalist" he has published in many branches of linguistics,
both theoretical and applied (a distinction which he himself rejects),
including grammar and semantics, discourse analysis and stylistics,
phonology, sociolinguistics, computational linguistics, language education
and child language development. The volumes in the present series encompass
all these aspects of Halliday's work.
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