This is the seventh volume in the Collected Works of Professor M. A. K.
Halliday: Studies in English Language. Topics covered in the papers from
the section on “Theoretical foundations” include transitivity, theme-rhyme,
mood, and modality in English. Other sections include papers on English
intonation and grammar including discussion of word order in English and
the complex structures typical of informal spontaneous conversation. The
grammatical analyses of English also serve to demonstrate the application
of linguistics to language teaching.
"This is a fascinating volume, which is mainly devoted to Michael
Halliday's thinking in the 1960s. 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, UK.