Functions of Discourse 2024-25
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 2
In the first part of this module we will focus on the theory of Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG) so as to grasp its basic mechanisms, and identify the main lexicogrammatical structures that are available to speakers of English. The second part will be dedicated to issues around discourse and context. We will look at theories and findings based on SFG, and analyse instances of discourse, exploiting theory to gain insights about the meaning and significance of specific linguistic choices for the discourse area they appear in. Along with theory and analysis, we will consider implications for English language education. Whilst lectures will provide the theoretical and conceptual foundations of SFG and SFG based discourse analysis, the workshops will be used for discussion and exercises as appropriate for each week's topic.
- Introduction: SFG and its purposes
- SFG theory: The notion of ‘clause’ and its functions
- SFG theory: Clause as exchange – the interpersonal function
- SFG theory: Clause as representation – the ideational function
- SFG theory: Clause as message – the textual function
- SFG theory: Above and below the clause
- SFG theory: Around the clause – cohesion and coherence
- Analysing cohesion in discourse: Identification
- Working with discourse: Appraisal
- Discourse analysis using SFG
- Functions of Discourse (a review): Relevance for educational contexts
-threshold -D: The answers need to be relevant to the tasks given. The answers must show basic understanding of Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG) tools and principles. The student must show evidence of being able to apply the tools and principles to the analysis of language and linguistic examples and/or data. The answers must show evidence of some background study.
-good -B: The answers must be focussed and structured. The answers must show a better-than-average standard of knowledge and understanding of SFG tools and principles. The linguistic analyses given in the assessments must be adequate to the task area, systematic, and well-motivated. The answers must show evidence of background study including primary sources.
-excellent -A: The answers must be highly focused and well-structured. The answers must show knowledge and understanding in SFG methodology and theory, beyond the basic textbooks. The answers must show original interpretation, new links between analysis issues, and/or a new approach to a problem. The answers must show evidence of extensive background study using primary sources.
- Students will be able to relate theory and analysis towards the interpretation of discourse for purposes of language education as well as research.
- Students will be able to use Systemic Functional Grammar tools to analyse instances of discourse.
- Students will have a basic understanding of the implications of specific linguistic choices in different genres and areas of discourse.
- Students will have a good understanding of the network of options that a language provides.
- Students will understand the basic mechanisms and purposes of Systemic Functional Grammar.
- Students will understand the value of understanding systematic features of English lexicogrammar for English language education.