The Thought Occurs

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Buyer Beware!

Scholars who are new to SFL Theory should note that this new publication mainly features papers by Jim Martin and his former students.

Evidence of Jim Martin's serious misunderstandings of SFL Theory is available here (English Text 1992) and here (Working With Discourse 2007).

The only way to get a solid grounding in Halliday's theory is to read Halliday (± Matthiessen).

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

External vs Internal Cohesive Conjunction

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 611):
Relations between representations of segments of experience are called external relations, and conjunctions marking such relations are called external conjunctions. … 
Relations linking text segments in their interpersonal guise are called internal relations – internal to the text as a speech event, and conjunctions marking such relations are called internal conjunctions.

Friday, 4 October 2019

The Importance Of Irreverence In Intellectual Life

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; 
they are not here to worship what is known, 
but to question it.

— Jacob Bronowski