Text and Context in Functional Linguistics

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  • Editor: Mohsen Ghadessy1
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 1999
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027299673

The shift towards a sociolinguistic approach to the analysis of language in the last few decades has necessitated new definitions for a number of concepts that linguists have taken for granted for a long time. This volume attempts to demystify the important notions of &#8216;text&#8217; and &#8216;context&#8217; by providing clear definitions and examples within the assumptions of Systemic Functional (SF) linguistics. After a discussion of the role and significance of context by three eminent SF linguists in section one, the influence of context on text is dealt with in section two &#8216;From Context to Language&#8217;. Section three &#8216;From Language to Context&#8217; considers textual features and their relationship to contextual factors. All the contributors base their analyses on data collected from a variety of spoken and written registers of contemporary English.<br />

Subjects: Functional linguistics; Discourse studies

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Brunei Darussalam

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