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1. Title Title of document The System: Challenges and Possibilities - System in Systemic Functional Linguistics
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Christian Matthiessen; The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; Hong Kong
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) axis; paradigmatic axis; syntagmatic axis; choice; system network; holistic approach; semogenesis; phylogenesis; ontogenesis; logogenesis; adaptive system; choice in translation
 
5. Subject Subject classification Systemic Functional Linguistics
 
6. Description Abstract Systemic Functional Linguistics is unique among linguistic theories in treating the concept of system as the central organising principle of language (and also of other semiotic systems, including context), most theories being focussed on syntagmatic structure.

This book introduces the notion of system as the foundation of the systemic functional architecture of language, relating the general notion of system in systems thinking (holistic approaches) to the principle that language is organised as a system of systems (the polysystemic principle) and, by another step, to the technical sense of system in SFL as the basic category of paradigmatic patterning - i.e. the organisation of language as a resource for making meaning. The concept of system is then used to explore the emergence of complexity in language (within different semogenetic timeframes), to show how it is manifested in the organisation of all subsystems of language (the fractal principle), to illustrate the system at work in the development of language descriptions and in the process of text analysis, to reveal the power of the system in different areas of application, e.g. in computational modelling, in educational analysis and curriculum development, in multilingual and multimodal studies. Finally, challenges are identified e.g. in the relationship between the paradigmatic axis and the syntagmatic one, in the representation of logical iteration and interpersonal continua; and current and new opportunities are suggested.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Mar-2022
 
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
 
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12. Format File format PDF
 
13. Identifier Uniform Resource Identifier https://journals.equinoxpub.com/books/article/view/38386
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.38386
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; System in Systemic Functional Linguistics
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd