1. This short talk is from a series by Dr Annabelle Lukin, Centre for Language in Social Life, Macquarie University, called "Living language: the systemic functional conception of text in context". This short talk is on an extract from "Speaking with Reference to Context", by Ruqaiya Hasan, published in Text in Context in Functional Linguistics, edited by Mohsen Ghadessy.

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  2. This short talk is from a series by Dr Annabelle Lukin, Centre for Language in Social Life, Macquarie University, called "Living language: the systemic functional conception of text in context". This short talk is on an extract from "Speaking with Reference to Context", by Ruqaiya Hasan, published in Text in Context in Functional Linguistics, edited by Mohsen Ghadessy.

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  3. This video is part 2 of a talk by Professor Wendy Bowcher, from Sun Yat-Sen University, presented the third Register and Context symposium hosted by Macquarie University.

    Abstract

    Recently there has been a renewed interest in modeling the concept of context of situation within Systemic Functional Linguistic theory (SFL). This interest has focused on developing a framework of descriptive features, and on the viability of using system networks as the basis for this framework. The impetus for modeling context as a system network has been on the research agenda since the theory’s nascency in that the contextual parameters of Field, Tenor, and Mode have been seen as entry points to a “set of possibilities […] or options” (Hasan 1985: 55; see also Halliday 1972). There are partial system networks for features from different parameters of context in various sources in the SFL literature (e.g. Butt 2004, 2012; Cloran 1987; Hasan 1999, 2009; Martin 1992), with much recent work on context being inspired by Hasan and Butt’s development of ‘contextualisation system networks’1 (Butt 2004; Hasan 1999, 2009). However, as yet there is no unified descriptive framework of the features of context of situation.

    The aim of this paper is to review the current system networks for Field and Mode as presented by Hasan (1999, 2009) and Butt (2004) and to focus specifically on those features that are currently under some debate: ‘the role of language’, ‘ancillary’, ‘constitutive’, ‘material action’, and ‘institutional’. This paper reviews these features and presents unified sets of primary systems for Field and Mode. Further, it is argued that the primary systems should reflect the core defining features of Field and Mode: the nature of the activity in terms of the kind of experience around which the situation revolves, and the nature of the activity through which the experience is expressed respectively. Reference is made to some key issues that need to be addressed in representing the features of context of situation within system networks, including the relations of realization and instantiation, intra- and inter-stratal interdependency, and the concept of ‘semiotic’.

    Butt, David. 2004. (revision of Butt 2003) Parameters of context: On establishing the similarities and differences between social processes. (Unpublished mimeo. Macquarie University).
    Butt, David. 2012. Practical sciences, interpersonal meaning, and networks for tenor. Presentation at Register & Context Symposium February 6-8, 2012, Macquarie University.
    Cloran, Carmel. 1987. Negotiating new contexts in conversation. Occasional papers in Systemic Linguistics 1. 85-110.
    Halliday, M.A.K. 1972. Towards a sociological semantics. Centro Internazionale di Semiotica e Linguistica of the University of Urbino.
    Hasan, Ruqaiya. 1985. Part B. In M.A.K. Halliday & Ruqaiya Hasan. Language, context, and text: Aspects of language in a social semiotic perspective, 51-118. Geelong, Vic.: Deakin University Press.
    Hasan, Ruqaiya. 1999. Speaking with reference to context. In Mohsen Ghadessy (ed.) Text and context in functional linguistics, 219-328. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    Hasan, Ruqaiya. 2009. The place of context in a Systemic Functional model. In M.A.K. Halliday & Jonathan Webster (eds.) Continuum companion to Systemic Functional Linguistics, 166-189. London: Continuum.
    Martin, J.R. 1992. English text: System and structure. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

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  4. This video is part 1 of two parts of Professor Wendy Bowcher's (Sun Yat-Sen University) presentation for the third Register and Context symposium at Macquarie University, Feb 13-15 2013.

    Abstract:

    Recently there has been a renewed interest in modeling the concept of context of situation within Systemic Functional Linguistic theory (SFL). This interest has focused on developing a framework of descriptive features, and on the viability of using system networks as the basis for this framework. The impetus for modeling context as a system network has been on the research agenda since the theory’s nascency in that the contextual parameters of Field, Tenor, and Mode have been seen as entry points to a “set of possibilities […] or options” (Hasan 1985: 55; see also Halliday 1972). There are partial system networks for features from different parameters of context in various sources in the SFL literature (e.g. Butt 2004, 2012; Cloran 1987; Hasan 1999, 2009; Martin 1992), with much recent work on context being inspired by Hasan and Butt’s development of ‘contextualisation system networks’1 (Butt 2004; Hasan 1999, 2009). However, as yet there is no unified descriptive framework of the features of context of situation.

    The aim of this paper is to review the current system networks for Field and Mode as presented by Hasan (1999, 2009) and Butt (2004) and to focus specifically on those features that are currently under some debate: ‘the role of language’, ‘ancillary’, ‘constitutive’, ‘material action’, and ‘institutional’. This paper reviews these features and presents unified sets of primary systems for Field and Mode. Further, it is argued that the primary systems should reflect the core defining features of Field and Mode: the nature of the activity in terms of the kind of experience around which the situation revolves, and the nature of the activity through which the experience is expressed respectively. Reference is made to some key issues that need to be addressed in representing the features of context of situation within system networks, including the relations of realization and instantiation, intra- and inter-stratal interdependency, and the concept of ‘semiotic’.

    Butt, David. 2004. (revision of Butt 2003) Parameters of context: On establishing the similarities and differences between social processes. (Unpublished mimeo. Macquarie University).
    Butt, David. 2012. Practical sciences, interpersonal meaning, and networks for tenor. Presentation at Register & Context Symposium February 6-8, 2012, Macquarie University.
    Cloran, Carmel. 1987. Negotiating new contexts in conversation. Occasional papers in Systemic Linguistics 1. 85-110.
    Halliday, M.A.K. 1972. Towards a sociological semantics. Centro Internazionale di Semiotica e Linguistica of the University of Urbino.
    Hasan, Ruqaiya. 1985. Part B. In M.A.K. Halliday & Ruqaiya Hasan. Language, context, and text: Aspects of language in a social semiotic perspective, 51-118. Geelong, Vic.: Deakin University Press.
    Hasan, Ruqaiya. 1999. Speaking with reference to context. In Mohsen Ghadessy (ed.) Text and context in functional linguistics, 219-328. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
    Hasan, Ruqaiya. 2009. The place of context in a Systemic Functional model. In M.A.K. Halliday & Jonathan Webster (eds.) Continuum companion to Systemic Functional Linguistics, 166-189. London: Continuum.
    Martin, J.R. 1992. English text: System and structure. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

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