Date: 21-Jun-2005 From: Jennifer Lovel <jlovelcontinuumbooks.com> Subject: Studies in English Language: Halliday & Webster
Title: Studies in English Language
Series Title: Collected Works of M A K Halliday
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
Author: M A K Halliday, University of Sydney
Editor: Jonathan J Webster, City University of Hong Kong
Hardback: ISBN: 0826458734 Pages: 384 Price: U.K. £ 75
Hardback: ISBN: 0826458734 Pages: 384 Price: U.S. $ 145
For nearly half a century, Professor M. A. K. Halliday has been enriching the discipline of linguistics with his keen insights into the social semiotic phenomenon we call language. This ten-volume series presents the seminal works of Professor Halliday.
'This is a fascinating volume, which is mainly devoted to Michael Halliday's thinking in the 1960's. The collection includes articles ranging from detailed innovative proposals for a description of intonation that would allow it to be incorporated into the grammar, through an ambitious re-orientation of the focus of grammatical description at a time when Systemic grammar was emerging from Scale and Category, to a much later small-scale corpus investigation of the grammar of pain. Together they illustrate Halliday's continuing intellectual enthusiasm and openness to new linguistic trends, even though his own development has always been by accretion, rather than revolution. So, the reader is fascinated to discover how much of the early work has been retained, often in a considerably modified form, in the 21st century version of Systemic Functional grammar.'
Malcolm Coulthard, Professor of English Language and Linguistics, University of Birmingham