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Monday, 29 July 2019

Jim Martin Negatively Judging The ISFLA Executive

Another issue which arose at the AGM was the non-attendance of ISFLA executive members at ISFC congresses (a glaring problem in Santiago, and in Bandung a couple of years ago). I suggest that the executive develop guidelines about the responsibilities of its members re attendance at ISFC congresses and their AGMs. Very significant decisions are made by executive members during the course of a year, without as far as I can see much discussion on sysfling or elsewhere. Our AGMs are the only mechanism we have to hold our executive to account and at least a majority of members should be present and accountable.

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the non-attendance of ISFLA executive members at ISFC congresses
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very significant decisions made by ISFLA executive members without discussion
negative
judgement: propriety
the accountability of ISFLA executive members
negative
judgement: propriety


The current ISFLA Executives — all of which are unpaid volunteers — are:

Chair:Teresa Oteiza
Deputy Chair:Tom Bartlett
Membership Secretary:Lise Fontaine
Recording Secretary:Derek Irwin
Treasurers:Carlos Gouveia(Europe)
Bernie Mohan (N. America)
Honglin Chen (Australia)

Note that the ISFLA executive were represented at the ISFC by its most senior office bearer, Teresa Oteiza, the chair (organiser and host) of the Congress.

Significantly, Martin has provided no evidence whatsoever for his paranoid claim that "very significant decisions are made by executive members during the course of a year" without list discussion, even after being specifically asked to do so by Mick O'Donnell.

Given that Martin (of all people!) falsely accused the late Ruqaiya Hasan of plagiarism, at a symposium held to honour her achievements, the lack of evidence here, again, for what is another false claim, is hardly surprising.  But if Martin is offered a plenary at the next ISFC — and the free accommodation and free business class air travel that it entails — then his dishonest act of intimidation will have proved successful.

In contrast, here's what Martin & Rose (2007: 62) have to say about Martin:
His communion with Mandela, at such a distance in so many respects …

Thursday, 20 June 2019

David Rose Positively Judging His Own Capacity

Speaking of system v description, by the mid-90s we had the enormous advantages of Christian’s Lexico-Grammatical Cartography to compare grammatical systems and Jim’s English Text to compare discourse semantic functions, as well as Jim’s papers on Tagalog grammar to illustrate some outer bounds of variation. Once the corpus was assembled, with these tools The Western Desert Code took less than a year (with a bit of midnight oil) to describe at least 3 degrees of delicacy for clause and group systems, and included contrasts with English systems. 
Now we have multiple descriptions showing us how to look for variation. We really have no reason to fear anglicisation, unless IFG is the only textbook on the office shelf.

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 Martin's English Text
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appreciation: reaction
Martin's papers on Tagalog grammar
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appreciation: reaction
Rose writing The Western Desert Code (his PhD) in less than a year
positive
judgement: capacity

For the theoretical misunderstandings and inconsistencies in Martin's English Text, see the clarifying critiques here.

For the theoretical misunderstandings and inconsistencies in Martin & Rose's Working With Discourse, see the clarifying critiques here.

For the theoretical misunderstandings and inconsistencies in Rose's posts to email lists, see the clarifying critiques here.

With regard to the theoretical consistency of Martin's work on Tagalog grammar, as Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 504) diplomatically put it:
Martin, in his systemic treatment of processes in Tagalog (1996), offers a different interpretation of nuclear transitivity: he defines it in terms of orientation, rather than configuration, and hence operates with a significantly different concept of participant function.

To be clear, Rose is not concerned with the quality of the work, merely with the fact that it has been done.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Robin Fawcett Positively Judging Himself (And Jim Martin)

Robin Fawcett wrote to Sysfling on 25 Apr 2019 at 04:25:
Jim is right to recommend this short talk. It is a brief account of one of the great journalistic revelations of the last year, by a British journalist who is receiving all the awards for investigative journalism this year. This talk is an account of one of the most important contributions to our understanding of how google, Facebook et al have connived at rigging elections and referendums - and will quite probably go on doing so. 
I feel doubly involved because Carole Cadwalader [sic] is a friend of a friend.


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 Jim Martin
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 Robin Fawcett
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Apparently, both Martin and Fawcett are "involved" in Cadwalladr's investigative journalism, only Fawcett doubly so.

From Alan Bennett's Telling Tales:
Alan, that is the biggest gasworks in England, and I know the manager.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Sally Humphrey Positively Appreciating Misunderstandings Of SFL Theory

Thankyou to Yaegan Doran and all collaborators for a terrific presentation on ‘PERSPECTIVES’ on field (or is it perspectives IN field???). The struggle to find a metalanguage which can make sense of secondary curriculum teachers’ most pressing concerns with disciplinary knowledge has been made so much easier. New descriptions often cause me to want to hide my head in the sand but the care Yaegan and others have taken to connect these understandings to emerging work in sociology (LCT) and to Jing Hao’s work in Ideation is a real sell!!!. Halliday would indeed be proud of such applicable scholarship. Looking forward to more conversations and publications!!!


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Yaegan Doran's and collaborators' presentation on ‘PERSPECTIVES’ on field
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the care Yaegan and others have taken to connect these understandings to emerging work in sociology (LCT) and to Jing Hao’s work in Ideation
positive
appreciation: reaction

To be clear, this is one proponent of Jim Martin's misunderstandings of SFL theory, Humphrey, advocating the work of two fellow proponents, Doran and Hao.  For evidence that Martin misunderstands the SFL notion of field, see here.  For evidence that Martin's system of IDEATION is based on misunderstandings of SFL theory, see here.  For evidence that Martin misunderstands SFL theory in general, see here.


Postscript:

Humphrey's positive appreciation was subsequently endorsed on sysfunc at 20:58 on 2 September 2018 by another proponent of Jim Martin's misunderstandings of SFL theory, Shooshi Dreyfus:
Hear, Hear!