Chapter 1, ‘On analysing and evaluating written text’, is a substantially revised version of ‘Evaluative text analysis’, first published in R. Steele and T. Threadgold (eds), Language Topics, Essays in Honour of Michael Halliday, Amsterdam: Benjamins, 1987, 181-90.
Chapter 2, ‘Trust the text’, first appeared in M. Davies and L. J. Ravelli (eds), Advances in Systematic Linguistics: Recent Theory and Practice, London: Planter, 1992, 5-19.
Chapter 3, ‘Signalling in discourse…’, is a substantially shortened version of the monograph Signalling in Discourse, Birmingham: University of Birmingham, 1979.
Chapter 4, ‘Clause relations as information structure…’, is a revised version of an article of the same name which appeared in R. M. Coulthard (ed. ), Talking about Text, Birmingham: University of Birmingham, 1986.
Chapter 5, ‘Predictive categories in expository text’, is a substantially shortened version of the monograph Prediction in Text, Birmingham: University of Birmingham, 1985.
Chapter 6, ‘Labelling discourse: an aspect of nominal group lexical cohesion’, is a substantially revised and shortened version of Anaphoric Nouns, Birmingham: University of Birmingham, 1985.
Chapter 7, ‘The text and its message’, first appeared as ‘The text and its message: an approach to the teaching of reading strategies for students of Development Administration’ in H.von Faber (ed. ), Leserverstehen im Fremdensprachenunterricht, Munich: Goethe Institut, 1980, 147-70.
Chapter 9, ‘The construction of knowledge…’, was first published in the conference proceedings, ed. C.de Stasio, M. Gotti and R. Bonadei, La Rappresentazione verbale e iconica: valori estetici e funzionali, Atti dell’ XI Congresso nazionale dell’ A. I. A., Begamo 24 e 25 ottobre 1988, de Stasio C, M Gotti and R Bonadei (eds), Milan: Guerini Studio, 1990, 57-80.
All the other chapters were written specially for this volume.