Wilfred Harold Munro
HALLIDAY, Michael A. K.
Halliday's contributions to the study of English have been varied. For the past quarter-century he has set the agenda for applications of linguistics, as proposed with Peter Strevens and Angus McIntosh in The Linguistic Sciences and Language Teaching (1964). His interests include first-and second-language acquisition, poetics, artificial intelligence, linguistic disorders, discourse analysis, text linguistics, semiotics, speech, and English grammar. In the last of these fields, contributions include Intonation and Grammar in British English (1967), Cohesion in English (1976, with Ruqaiya Hasan), and An Introduction to Functional Grammar (1985). The theory he espouses, currently known as systemic grammar and systemic linguistics, has an orientation towards applications. ‘The value of a theory,’ he has declared, ‘lies in the use that can be made of it.’ The approach emphasizes the functions of language in use, particularly the ways in which social setting, mode of expression, and REGISTER influence selections from a language's systems: ‘Meaning is a product of the relationship between the system and its environment.’
In his work on English texts, Halliday has asserted the unity of syntax and lexicon in a lexicogrammar, collapsing the usual distinction between GRAMMAR and DICTIONARY. Meanings are expressed through three interrelated functions: the ideational, the interpersonal, and the textual. Messages combine an organization of content deployed according to the expressive and receptive needs of speaker/authors and listener/readers within conventions of discourse organization. Language users make a series of choices drawn from the meaning potential of their language as they express themselves; it is the task of the linguist to describe those choices as they are shaped by individual minds and social context.
Munro, Wilfred Harold
Wilfred Harold Munro, 1849–1934, American historian and educator, b. Bristol, R.I.; brother of Dana Carleton Munro. From 1870 to 1871 he was a master at De Veaux College, Niagara Falls, N.Y., where he later (1881–89) served as president. After studying (1890–91) at the universities of Freiburg and Heidelberg, Munro became (1891) associate professor of history and director of university extension work at Brown. From 1899 until his retirement in 1911 he held the chair of European history there. In his lifetime Munro traveled widely. For many years president of the Rhode Island Historical Society, he was considered a foremost expert on Rhode Island history. His works include The History of Bristol, R.I. (1880), Tales of an Old Sea Port (1917), and Among the Mormons in the Days of Brigham Young (1927). He edited a 22-volume edition (1905–6, repr. 1968) of the works of W. H. Prescott.