Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics: 2nd Edition

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A&C Black, Jan 1, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 384 pages
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New edition of a best-selling introduction to systemic functional linguistics explores the social semiotic approach to language most closely associated with the work of Michael Halliday and his colleagues. An approach which views language as a strategic, meaning-making resource, systemic linguistics focuses on the analysis of authentic, everyday texts, and asks both how people use language to make meanings, and how language itself is organised to enable those meanings to be made.

The book offers both an overview of systemic theory and illustrations of how systemic techniques can be applied in the analysis of everyday texts. Written for students who may have little or no formal knowledge of linguistics, it covers most of the major concepts in systemic linguistics. In addition, it introduces readers to Halliday's functional grammatical analysis of English clauses, and presents the essentials of the systemic analysis of cohesive patterns in text.

With its systemic theory of the relationship between language and context, systemic linguistics has applications in many fields where an understanding of how language functions to transmit social structure is important, in , for example, language education, cultural studies, stylistics, and women's studies. The book provides an accessible first step into systemics for those who wish to equip themselves with the conceptual and practical tools to analyse and explain how people make meanings with each other in everyday contexts.
 

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Contents

An overview of systemic functional linguistics
1
Figures
15
What is a text?
23
Tables
26
context of culture in text
54
context of situation in text
85
Introduction to the lexicogrammar
113
mood
141
TRANSITIVITY
206
CLAUSE complex
254
THEME
296
applying SFL
327
analyses of the Crying Baby texts
353
References
371
Index
379
Copyright

meaning as choice
188

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Suzanne Eggins was Head of the School of English at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and now runs Textwork, where she is a professional writer and editor.

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