Systemic Functional Perspectives
Linguistics, like any discipline, is full of boundaries. However, in nature, as Ruqaiya Hasan points out, there are no clear cut boundaries. The participants of the 42nd International Systemic Functional Congress held at RWTH Aachen University addressed and challenged the notion of boundaries in linguistics in many creative ways. Twenty-one of the papers presented at the congress are collated in this volume. The six sections cover topics that challenge theoretical notions and stances, and explore historical, interpersonal and lexicogrammatical boundaries as well as those between languages and in language development. The volume presents a state of the art overview of systemic functional linguistic theorising with extensions into other theoretical frameworks.
The dawn of the eighteenth century: A challenging boundary for the academic article (David Banks)
David BanksUniversité de Bretagne OccidentaleDavid.Banks@univ-brest.fr
The dawn of the eighteenth century: A challenging boundary for the academic article
Abstract: Comparing the Philosophical Transactions, the Journal des Sçavans, and the Memoires of the Académie Royale for the year 1699 is of interest because of the multiple boundary it represents: temporal, between two centuries, geographical, between two countries, linguistic, between two languages, and conceptual, between two philosophies.
1 Historical background
The first two academic periodicals appeared at two month’s interval in 1665. The first was the Journal des Sçavans which came out in Paris on 5 January, followed by the Philosophical Transactions in London on 6 March. The Journal des Sçavans was edited by Denis de Sallo, but at the instigation of Colbert, Louis XIV’s first minister; so it was state-sponsored, and was probably clandestinely state-financed; it covered the whole range of academic disciplines of the period, and was mainly made up of book reviews (Morgan 1928). The Philosophical Transactions was a private venture, and the brain-child of its editor, Henry Oldenburg; although it had the support of the Royal Society, it was not, contrary to common belief, an official publication of that organization. Oldenburg created the periodical as a means of augmenting his income; it was virtually restricted to the fields of science and technology, and, since he was the centre of a network of scientific correspondence, it was based on the contents of his voluminous postbag (Bluhm...