New Publication: Challenging Boundaries in Linguistics


Challenging Boundaries in Linguistics: Systemic Functional Perspectives, the newest publication in Aachen British and American Studies, is out now.

  Team of editors Urheberrecht: © Jennifer Fest Team of editors: Nicole Hützen, Stella Neumann, Rebekah Wegener, Paula Niemietz, Jennifer Fest

Challenging Boundaries in Linguistics: Systemic Functional Perspectives, edited by Stella Neumann, Rebekah Wegener, Jennifer Fest, Paula Niemietz and Nicole Hützen and published by Peter Lang, is the newest publication in Aachen British and American Studies.

Linguistics, like any discipline, is full of boundaries. However, in nature, as Ruqaiya Hasan points out, there are no clear cut boundaries. The participants of the 42nd International Systemic Functional Congress held at RWTH Aachen University addressed and challenged the notion of boundaries in linguistics in many creative ways. Twenty-one of the papers presented at the congress are collated in this volume. The six sections cover topics that challenge theoretical notions and stances, and explore historical, interpersonal and lexicogrammatical boundaries as well as those between languages and in language development. The volume presents a state of the art overview of systemic functional linguistic theorising with extensions into other theoretical frameworks.

This book is dedicated to the memory of William Greaves and Ruqaiya Hasan.



  • Challenging boundaries and bending rules: An introduction

Section 1: Challenging boundaries in theory

  • Fluid boundaries and the categorization of nominal expressions (Lise Fontaine)
  • Communication linguistics as a social and cognitive semiotic (Karen Malcolm)
  • Post-Deictic and grounding (Monika Kavalir)

Section 2: Challenging boundaries over time

  • Systemic functional diachronic linguistics: Theory and application (Michael Cummings)
  • The dawn of the eighteenth century: A challenging boundary for the academic article (David Banks)
  • On the contentfulness of Themes in English historical medical texts (Ana Elina Martinez-Insua)
  • An appliable linguistics indeed: SFL and the structural potential of ancient letters (Claire Urbach, Christopher Land)

Section 3: Exploring boundaries of interpersonal expressions

  • Interpersonal meanings of the free-standing 'really' in conversation (Haeyeon Kim)
  • Attitude in student texts: Analysis of verbal, mental and relational clauses in Spanish (Natalia Ignatieva)
  • From Cosmogirl to Cosmovoter: Appraisal analysis of Cosmopolitan’s coverage of the 2014 US midterm elections (María Aloy Mayo)

Section 4: Challenging lexicogrammar

  • On the overlap of grammatical metaphor and conceptual metaphor in political discourse: A reconciliatory approach (Timo Lothmann, Tatiana Serbina)
  • Grammatical metaphor: A window to understand rewriting in academic contexts (Lucia Rottava, Sulany Silveira dos Santos)
  • Challenging Moves and Supporting Moves in discourse (Margaret Berry)

Section 5: Treading boundaries in translation

  • Explicitational enhancement in translation (Waleed Othman)
  • Operationalizing Appraisal multilingually (Marilena Di Bari)
  • Shifts in Theme and Subject realization in English-German translation (Paula Niemietz, Stella Neumann, Jonas Freiwald)
  • Text production and produced texts (Daniel Couto-Vale)

Section 6: Learning: Boundaries and beyond

  • Language objectives beyond vocabulary: Working with content area teachers for linguistically responsive instruction (Margaret A. Berg, Jingzi Huang)
  • Expansion in law student essays: The relationship between success and logical reasoning in the Problem Question Answer genre (Jumani Clarke)
  • Processing reality in picture books: A multimodal systemic functional and cognitive study (Arsenio Jesús Moya Guijarro)
  • Meeting the challenge of instructed language development: Reflections on systemic functional contributions (Heidi Byrnes)