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If we follow one line of development in systemic functional linguistics (SFL), from Halliday & Hasan (1976) through Martin (1992) to Martin & White (2005), we arrive at a model of discourse semantics with six major systems: and (ideational meaning), and (textual meaning) and and (interpersonal meaning). The complementarity of the latter two systems, and is the focus on this paper. Work on was inspired by Berry’s (e.g. 1981a1981b) development of Sinclair & Coulthard (1975) analysis of exchange structure. Later work on was inspired by Plum’s (1988) critique of Labov’s work on narrative (e.g. Labov & Waletzky 1967Labov 1984). The interaction of the and systems is first explored in Martin (2000a) in relation to work on casual conversation by Eggins & Slade (1997). This interaction is further developed here.


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