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Introduction: Users in Uses


 
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1. Title Title of document Introduction: Users in Uses - Affiliation and Systemic Functional Linguistics
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Yaegan Doran; University of Sydney; Australia
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country J.R. Martin; University of Sydney; Australia
 
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Michele Zappavigna; University of New South Wales; Australia
 
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
 
4. Subject Keyword(s) Systemic Functional Linguistics; Identity; Individuation; Affiliation; Semantic Variation
 
5. Subject Subject classification Systemic Functional Linguistics
 
6. Description Abstract This book is concerned with semantic variation, both from the perspective of variation between texts (what semiotic resources are used to do) and variation among speakers (how semiotic resources are used to negotiate community). This chapter develops the general theoretical framework informing this research.
It begins by reviewing some of the key concepts developed by systemic functional linguistics for modelling system as a resource for meaning – axis, and the derived concepts of rank, metafunction and stratification. It then considers the complementary hierarchy of instantiation, which relates system to instances of use – recontextualising work on register and genre and introducing the concepts of coupling and commitment as tools for exploring language, paralanguage and related modalities of communication across multimodal texts. It then turns to the complementary hierarchy of individuation, which relates reservoirs of systems to repertoires of use – reviewing work on coding orientation and introducing the concepts of bonding and iconisation as tools for exploring affiliation. Finally it turns to genesis, concerned with semantic variation over time, reviewing work on phylogenesis (historical evolution of the system), ontogenesis (individual development of repertoires) and logogenesis (unfolding instances of use). As each chapter illustrates, the resources deployed, the texts through which they are instantiated and the identities these texts construe have to be all kept in focus as our social perspective on semiosis evolves. As ever in functional linguistics and semiotics, the key to wrestling with the edge of knowledge is to sustain a multi-perspectival stance in which theory deploys complementarities to illuminate our object of study – so we can observe the humanity of our communication processes, not just their form.
 
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
 
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Oct-2024
 
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/41293
 
14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.41293
 
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Affiliation and Systemic Functional Linguistics
 
16. Language English=en en
 
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