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date: 21 September 2019

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Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) is a theory of language that is strongly oriented to the description of how language makes meaning in context. This chapter aims to illustrate the power of SFL and, in particular, Systemic Functional (SF) Grammar, as a tool for exploring meaning in any language, and begins by locating SFL within the wider linguistic community. It then outlines some of the main dimensions and characteristics of SLF and SF grammar in relation to French, discussing what counts as evidence in SFL, such as the criteria and ‘reactances’ used for the interpretation of specific categories. The chapter illustrates the grammar and ‘cryptogrammar’ at work as a meaning-making resource.

Keywords: linguistic theory, study of meaning, meaning in context, Systemic Functional Linguistics, French language

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