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Exploring Choice

10 February 2013

I have just realised I haven’t posted anything since the summer school in September. The past semester was really busy and of course before you know it, the December holidays hit and time just flies by.

The big news is that we submitted the final manuscript for our edited volume on Choice. This project has been in development for quite some time now and so it is really very satisfying to see it all come together. I’ll post details below but do keep an eye out for the following publication later this year (not likely before autumn 2013):

Systemic Functional Linguistics: Exploring Choice. Fontaine, L, Bartlett, T. and O’Grady, G. (eds.) Cambridge: CUP.

This volume has been motivated by the need for theoretical consistency and comprehensiveness in using the notion of choice in language. Consideration of what is perhaps the key concept in SFL has to date been piecemeal and generally implicit, concealing diverse and often incompatible assumptions. Systemic Functional Linguistics: Exploring Choice brings together a variety of linguistic perspectives, informed by evolutionary theory, psychology, sociology and neuroscience, to produce a complex but unifying account of how the different senses of choice as process and as product are interdependent and how they operate at all levels of language.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors
  • Choice in contemporary systemic functional theory, Lise Fontaine
  • Meaning as choice, MAK Halliday
  • The teleological illusion in linguistic ‘drift’: choice and purpose in semantic evolution, David Butt, Kathryn Tuckwell, Alison Moore
  • Choice and language variation: some theoretical reflections, Maria Freddi
  • Grammatical choice and communicative motivation: A radical systemic approach , Carl Bache
    Semantic options and complex functions: a recursive view of choice, Lise Fontaine
  • Choice and choosing in Systemic Functional Grammar: What is it and how is it done?, Robin Fawcett
  • Systemic Networks, Relational Networks, and Choice, Sydney Lamb
  • The twin paradoxes of unconscious choices and unintentional agents: what neurosciences say about choice and agency in action and language , Elissa Asp
  • A Neurocognitive Interpretation of Systemic-Functional Choice, Jose Maria Gil
  • There-constructions as a choice for coherence in the recent history of English, Ana Martínez Insua
  • Picking an argument: politicians’ choice of persuasive strategies, Geoff Thompson
  • A dynamic view of choice in writing: composition as text evolution, Michael O’Donnell
  • Choice, System, Realization: describing language as meaning potential, Ruqaiya Hasan
  • ‘Choice’ in relation to context: A diachronic perspective on cultural valeur, Claire Urbach
  • Material Action as Choice in Field, Wendy Bowcher
  • “I’ll Manage the Context”: Context, Environment and the Potential for Institutional Change, Tom Bartlett
  • Towards a Study of the Differences between Formal Written English and Informal Spoken English, Margaret Berry
  • Genre-driven constraints on semantic choice, Victor Castel
  • Choices in analyzing choice: Methods and techniques for register analysis, Elke Teich
  • ‘Register-idiosyncratic’ evaluative choice in Congressional debate: a corpus-assisted comparative study, Donna Miller and Jane Johnson
  • Not exactly black letter law: emergent choices and textual symbolic design in Athenian legal-political oratory, Astika Kappagoda
  • Interlanguage lexicogrammatical fossilization or not? That’s an SFL-related question from the viewpoint of choice, Pedro Henrique Lima Praxedes Filho
  • References