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1. Title Title of document Negotiating Community - 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; Affiliation; Individuation; Community; Identity; Iconisation
5. Subject Subject classification Systemic Functional Linguistics
6. Description Abstract In this book we argue that questions of identity can be usefully pursued from the perspective of affiliation – suggesting that persona have to be understood as repertoires of values which align speakers as members of social groups. It follows from this social perspective that most of us enact multiple persona by way of membering ourselves with one or another community ¬– where community is understood in general terms as involving two or more individuals, who share bonds, across a range of levels of affiliation (as couples, families, friends, tradies, colleagues, team mates, fans, believers, citizens, comrades, allies and so on).
We developed this communal perspective on identity from two perspectives –allocation and alignment. The allocation perspective considers the distribution of the semiotic resources of a culture to one or another bond network, both in terms of what resource are made available and predispositions for using those that are ¬– semiotic repertoires. The affiliation perspective considers the constellations of bonds that align persona as members of communities – their belonging.
Work on allocation in SFL has been ably pursued from a quantitative perspective, especially in the work of Hasan and her colleagues (who were inspired by Bernstein's initiatives). We would encourage this work to continue, taking a wider range of discourse semantic variables into account and drawing on computational parsing tools as they evolve. Work on affiliation in SFL has tended to be pursued from a qualitative perspective, taking into account the range of variables in play in social interaction (a feature of our own work). We would also encourage this work to continue, taking into account a wider range of registers and the communities negotiated therein. In relation to both perspectives, further development of the concept of iconisation is urgently required – so that we can better anchor research in the totems communities rally around (their gurus, icons, flags, colours, sacred texts etc.) and the ceremonies through which they ritually commune.
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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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.41298
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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