Friday, 4 November 2016

Reasons For Adopting A Systemic Perspective

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 20):
… one is that languages evolve — they are not designed, and evolved systems cannot be explained simply as the sum of their parts. Our traditional compositional thinking about language needs to be, if not replaced by, at least complemented by a ‘systems’ thinking whereby we seek to understand the nature and the dynamic of a semiotic system as a whole.