Japanese has been described in formal terms quite extensively, but these formal descriptions have had little to say about the role of the language in context, nor the social purposes for which it is used, that is, language in use. Understanding language in use is achieved not through formal investigation but from a social semiotic perspective, such as that provided by Systemic Functional Linguistics (M. A. K. Halliday, 1985a and 1978). In the field of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), language is viewed as a form of social behaviour in that people use it to get things done in social contexts.
|Title of host publication||Mapping genres, mapping culture|
|Subtitle of host publication||Japanese texts in context|
|Editors||Elizabeth Thomson, Motoki Sano, Helen de Silva Joyce|
|Place of Publication||Netherlands|
|Publisher||John Benjamins Publishing Company|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|