About This Site

The aim of this site is to promote a better understanding of Systemic Functional Linguistic theory, mainly by clarifying aspects of the theory and identifying inaccurate renderings of it. 

It is only by understanding a theory in its own terms that it can be improved. 

The rĂ´le of introducing relevant quotes is not to present "revealed truth" — it is not an "argument from authority" — but rather, to provide a statement of the theory — and often the reasoning behind it — as a baseline from which to proceed.

After all, as Bertrand Russell reminded us:
a stupid man’s report of what a clever man says can never be accurate, because he unconsciously translates what he hears into something he can understand.

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