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On Language and Linguistics


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Introduction - On the 'Architecture' of a Language by M. A. K. Halliday; Part One: The Place of Linguistics as a Discipline; 1. Syntax and the Consumer; 2. Grammar, Society and the Noun; 3. The Context of Linguistics; 4. Ideas about Language; 5. Language and the Order of Nature; 6. New Ways of Meaning: The Challenge to Applied Linguistics; Part Two: Linguistics and Language; 7. A Brief Sketch of Systemic Grammar; 8. Systemic Background; 9. Systemic Grammar and the Concept of a 'Science of Language'; 10. Language in a Changing World; 11. A Recent View of 'Missteps' in Linguistic Theory; 12. Linguistics as Metaphor; 13. Is the Grammar Neutral? Is the Grammarian Neutral?; Part Three: Language as Social Semiotic; 14. The Functional Basis of Language; 15. Towards a Sociological Semantics; 16. The History of a Science; 17. The Act of Meaning. 18. On Language in Relation to the Evolution of Human Consciousness; Appendix: Systemic Theory.

About the Author

M. A. K. Halliday is Emeritus Professor at the University of Sydney. As a self-styled 'generalist' he has published in many branches of linguistics, both theoretical and applied. The volumes in this series encompass these aspects of Halliday's work.


"This book is a very useful compendium of Halliday's most important ideas and achievements." Reviewed in IH Journal, 2008

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