Marxim Essay

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(Language, Function and Cognition, 2011-12) Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics for Discourse Analysis Mick O’Donnell Universidad Autónoma de Madrid Abstract This course provides a basic introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) particularly in regards to those aspects most applicable to analyzing discourse. Contents 1. Introduction to the Systemic-Functional Model of Language - Functionalism vs. Cognitivism vs. Structuralism - System vs. Structure - Stratified model of Language: Context, Register and Language. - Components of Register: Field, Tenor, Mode. - Grammatical Description: Transitivity, Mood, Theme. 2. Genre and Register Analysis - Register: Language Appropriate to Context - Genre: Text Function or Text Structure? - Australian Genre Theory 3. Transitivity Analysis: - Analysing text in terms of processes, participants and circumstances - Construing Participants: how writers shape their characters 4. Analysing Conversation: - Exchange, Move, Speech Function and Turn - Analysing power in conversation 5. Interpersonal Expression in discourse: - Appraisal Analysis: how does the writer ‘value’ things - Tone of Voice: Analysing a company’s “brand personality” 6. Text as Process: Exploring how texts unfold: - Dynamics of Writing: nonlinear developments of text - Thematic Development: how topics evolve in a text 1 Chapter 1: Introduction to the Systemic-Functional Model of Language 1 What is Systemic Functional Linguistics Systemic-Functional Linguistics (SFL) is an approach to language developed mainly by M.A.K. Halliday in the U.K. during the 1960s, and later in Australia. The approach is now used world-wide, particularly in language education, and for purposes of discourse analysis. While many of the linguistic theories in the world today are concerned with language as a mental process, SFL

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