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Title: System and Corpus
Subtitle: Exploring Connections
Written By: Geoffrey Thompson
Susan Hunston
Series Title: Functional Linguistics
Description:

This book is the first to combine interests in two currently popular
approaches to language description, both of which are based on the
observation of naturally-occurring, as opposed to invented, language.
Systemic Functional Linguistics is a theory that focuses on meaning, choice
and probability in language and on language as a social phenomenon.
Corpus Linguistics is a practice, rather than a theory: a corpus is a large
collection of texts that are used as the basis for language description. It is
natural that SFL should turn to corpora as a source of information about
grammatical preference, probability and variety, and some of the papers in
this collection explore this dimension of the interaction between system and
corpus. Conversely, corpus linguists have made generalisations about
language that contextualize but also challenge the theories of SFL. Some of
the papers in the collection expand on this theme. A concluding paper by
M.A.K. Halliday responds to the issues raised. The book will therefore be of
interest to students and researchers involved in either of these two
influential topics in linguistics.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1845532511
ISBN-13: 9781845532512
Pages: 256
Prices: U.K. £ 16.99
U.S. $ 29.95