English Text: System and Structure

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This book is a comprehensive introduction to text forming resources in English, along with practical procedures for analysing English texts and relating them to their contexts of use. It has been designed to complement functional grammars of English, building on the generation of discourse analysis inspired by Halliday and Hasan's Cohesion in English. The analyses presented were developed within three main theoretical and applied contexts: (i) educational linguistics (especially genre-based literacy programmes) ...
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Overview

This book is a comprehensive introduction to text forming resources in English, along with practical procedures for analysing English texts and relating them to their contexts of use. It has been designed to complement functional grammars of English, building on the generation of discourse analysis inspired by Halliday and Hasan's Cohesion in English. The analyses presented were developed within three main theoretical and applied contexts: (i) educational linguistics (especially genre-based literacy programmes) (ii) critical linguistics (as manifested in the development of social semiotics) and (iii) computational linguistics (in dialogue with the various text generation projects based on systemic approaches to grammar and discourse). English Text's major contribution is to outline one way in which a rich semantically oriented functional grammar can be systematically related to a theory of discourse semantics, including deconstruction of contextual issues (i.e. register, genre and ideology). The chapters have been organized with the needs of undergraduate students in theoretical linguistics and postgraduate students in applied linguistics in mind.
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A comprehensive introduction to text forming resources in English, with practical procedures for analyzing English texts and relating them to their context of use. Designed to complement functional grammars of English, building on the generation of discourse analysis inspired by Halliday and Hasan's Cohesion in English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556194856
  • Publisher: Benjamins, John Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/1/1992
  • Pages: 634
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Discourse semantics: A proposal for triple articulation
1.1 A context for discourse analysis 1
1.2 System and structure 3
1.3 The metafunctional organisation of meaning 7
1.4 Stratification 14
1.5 Discourse structure 21
1.6 Discourse systems 26
2 Negotiation: Shaping meaning through dialogue
2.1 Mood - basic resources for negotiation 31
2.2 Speech Function and Mood: adjacency pairs 36
2.3 Exchange Structure 46
2.4 Extending constituency - exchanges, moves and acts 50
2.5 Replacing constituency - dependency models 60
2.6 Exchange dynamics: non-adjacent pairs 66
2.7 Consensus and debate 76
2.8 Analysis 78
2.9 Envoi 90
3 Identification: Reference as semantic choice
3.1 Learning to refer 93
3.2 Participant identification 95
3.3 Participant identification in English: system 98
3.4 Identification and stratification 129
3.5 Participant identification in English: structure 140
3.6 Location and manner 153
3.7 Identification and Negotiation 155
4 Conjunction & continuity: The logic of English text
4.1 The limits of grammar 159
4.2 Conjunctive relations in English: general issues 168
4.3 External relations: system 184
4.4 Internal relations: system 207
4.5 Continuity 230
4.6 Conjunction in English: structure 234
4.7 Analysis of two texts 243
4.8 Constituency, dependency and conjunctive relations 249
4.9 Grammatical metaphor and conjunctive structure 264
4.10 Conjunction, Identification and Negotiation 265
5 Ideation: The company words keep
5.1 Lexical departure 271
5.2 Describing lexis 273
5.3 Lexical relations: system 290
5.4 Lexical relations: structure 326
5.5 Lexical relations and cohesive harmony 370
5.6 Lexical relations and discourse semantics 372
6 Texture: Interleaving discourse semantics, lexicogrammar and phonology
6.1 Models of texture 381
6.2 Grammatical metaphor 406
6.3 Interaction patterns 417
6.4 Texture and context 488
7 Context: Register, genre and ideology
7.1 Context 493
7.2 Register 508
7.3 Genre 546
7.4 Ideology: discursive power 573
References 591
Index 613
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