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Sebastian Fedden

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Dear colleagues,


Our USYD Department of Linguistics Research Seminar continues with a talk by:


Professor James Martin

The University of Sydney


Relaxing stranglehold of predication: Tagalog MOOD


Fri, 26 August 2016, 12.00-13.30

Rogers Room, John Woolley Bldg A20, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006


You’re welcome to bring your lunch to the talk. After the talk we’ll have our Linguistics Afternoon Tea.


You will find the abstract and our speaker’s CV below.







Schegloff (1996) suggests that linguists need to relax what he refers to as the 'stranglehold of predication' in our characterisations of language, and focus on the parameters of action. In this talk I'll draw on SFL to demonstrate one of the ways in which structural-functional theories can respond to a challenge of this kind, focusing on the interpersonal grammar of Tagalog (the systems of mood, polarity, modality, tagging, vocation, comment and engagement in particular). The analysis suggests that additional tiers of grammatical structure are required to describe the grammar of talk-in-interaction, and that the complementarity of system and structure at clause rank in SFL grammars facilitates an integrated perspective on the grammaticalisation of interpersonal meaning – a perspective critical to the development of functional language typology.


Butler, C. S. and M. Taverniers (2008b) Layering in structural-functional grammars. Linguistics 46, 4: 689-756.


Schegloff, E. A. (1996) Turn organisation: one intersection of grammar and interaction. In E. Ochs, E. A. Schegloff and S. A. Thompson (eds.) Interaction and Grammar. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (Studies in Interactional Sociolinguistics 13). 52-133.




J R Martin is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney.  His research interests include systemic theory, functional grammar, discourse semantics, register, genre, multimodality and critical discourse analysis, focusing on English and Tagálog - with special reference to the transdisciplinary fields of educational linguistics, forensic linguistics and social semiotics.  Recent publications include an introduction to the genre-based literacy pedagogy of the ‘Sydney School’ (Learning to Write, Reading to Learn, Equinox 2012); with Clare Painter and Len Unsworth, a book on children’s picture books (Reading Visual Narratives, Equinox 2013); and a book on system network writing (Systemic Functional Grammar: a next step into the theory -- axial relations, Higher Education Press, Beijing 2013). Eight volumes of his collected papers (edited by Wang Zhenhua, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press) have recently been published in China (2010, 2012). Professor Martin was elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1998, and was Head of its Linguistics Section from 2010-2012; he was awarded a Centenary Medal for his services to Linguistics and Philology in 2003. In April 2014 Shanghai Jiao Tong University opened its Martin Centre for Appliable Linguistics.

Dr Sebastian Fedden | Lecturer in Linguistics

School of Letters, Art and Media | Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences


N367, John Woolley Bld A20 | The University of Sydney | NSW | 2006

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