Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics: 2nd Edition
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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An overview of systemic functional linguistics
What is a text?
context of culture in text
context of situation in text
Introduction to the lexicogrammar
meaning as choice
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action Actor analysis Attribute behaviour Bostonians captured beetle Chapter choice Circumstantial clause complex cognac cohesion Complement MOOD RESIDUE conjunctions constituents context Crying Baby texts dependent clause describe Diana dimensions element ellipsis encode example experiential expressed Finite Predicator Complement functional constituents Gail Bell genre Goal grammatical Halliday and Matthiessen Henry James hypotactic hypotaxis ideational meaning identify infant interaction interpersonal meanings interrogative involves language Leonard Cohen lexical items lexico-grammatical linguistic logico-semantic Mallard material processes Matthiessen 2004 mental processes metafunction modalization mode modulation Mood Adjuncts Mood structure morpheme narrative nominal group non-finite non-finite clause noun paratactic parataxis participants patterns poisonous bite polar Predicator Complement MOOD rank realized redback spider reference relations relationship role schematic structure semantic semiotic system Senser sentence sequence Simon simplex situation speaker spoken stage story Subject Finite Predicator suggests talk tenor textual meaning Thematic tion topical THEME RHEME traffic lights Transitivity typically verb WH-interrogative words writing