Three fascinating books

Fascination is a double-edged mental phenomenon. It captures and mobilizes our attention, and facilitates our absorption of the information a particular pattern foregrounds. But it also neutralizes our critical power. Some predators are wont to […]


Meet your publisher: a post-scriptum

“Backward I see in my own days where I sweated through fog with linguists and contenders, I have no mockings or arguments, I witness and wait. “   — Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”   […]

Semiotic Profile

Halliday and Multimodal Semiotics

Halliday’s (1978) social semiotic theory provides the basis for the study of semiotic resources other than language (e.g. images, architecture, music, mathematical symbolism, gesture, clothing etc) and, significantly, the interaction of semiotic resources in a […]

Semiotic Profile

Multimodal Critical Discourse Analysis

Halliday’s work has also contributed many of its analytical tools for the kind of linguistic analysis carried out in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). CDA is probably the most comprehensive attempt to develop a theory of […]

Semiotic Profile

The Collected Works of M. A. K. Halliday

When I joined Continuum (which is now part of the Bloomsbury Academic Group) back in 2007, the publishing of Professor Michael Halliday’s “Collected Works” was in full motion. It had a staggered release.  The first […]


A Michael (M.A.K.) Halliday Special

This issue of SemiotiX, the first to which I am contributing in my capacity as Associate Editor, focuses on the contribution to semiotics by the Australian linguistic M.A.K.  Halliday.   Three guest scholars provide tasters of […]