Systemic functional linguistics as appliable linguistics: Social accountability and critical approaches

Martin Christian Matthias I Matthiessen

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This article is concerned with the relationship between Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) and Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA), and with SFL as a resource for socially accountable academic work. First it locates SFL within the general category of appliable linguistics (as opposed to either theoretical or applied linguistics), an approach to the study of language that is also designed to be socially accountable. Then, against the background of SFL, it traces the development first of Critical Linguistics and then of CDA, also identifying other influences incorporated within these traditions. Next, it compares CDA with other orientations within discourse analysis from the perspective of SFL, and proposes the notion of appliable discourse analysis (ADA). This leads to an overview of the dimensions of ADA, and finally to the question of the place of ADA within a general appliable linguistics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-471
Number of pages37
JournalDELTA Documentacao de Estudos em Linguistica Teorica e Aplicada
Issue numberSPL.ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Appliable Discourse Analysis
  • Appliable Linguistics
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Critical Linguistics
  • Systemic Functional Linguistics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language


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