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Using Functional Grammar : An Explorer`s Guide - David Butt

Using Functional Grammar

An Explorer`s Guide

Paperback Published: 14th September 2012
ISBN: 9781420256789
Number Of Pages: 351

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Using Functional Grammar: An explorer’s guide, now to be published in a revised 3rd edition, is an invaluable resource for students and teachers of English as a first, second or foreign language. This third edition includes a new opening chapter covering some basic concepts of traditional grammar for those who have either forgotten what they learned in the past or who have never had the opportunity to gain the elementary knowledge of such things as word classes and basic sentence or clause structures. From there, this new edition, as with its predecessors, introduces the general notion of language in context and text types, before progressing to a step-by-step exploration of the three metafunctions of language: experience, interpersonal exchange and textual organisation. The two final chapters, new to this edition, concentrate on practical applications of functional grammar theory for language education, analysis of multimodality in texts, literature, and professional contexts such as psychotherapy.

Key features:

  • Incorporates end of chapter material on how to use the chapter’s specific aspect of grammar in practice.
  • Provides exercises at the end of each chapter to consolidate understanding.
  • Incorporates a number of assorted appendices at the end of the book which include paradigms of nouns and pronouns, summary of metalanguage for each analysis, and templates for summarising different meanings.
  • Increased relevancy to current units in teaching English skills.
  • Updated content in line with the new Australian Curriculum.

About the Authors

David Butt, Rhondda Fahey, Susan Feez and Sue Spinks

David Butt is an Associate Professor of Linguistics as well as the Director of the Centre for Language in Social Life at Macquarie University.

Rhondda Fahey retired from Linguistics at Macquarie University at the end of 2005. She is now living in Melbourne and applying her grammatical knowledge to theology while studying for a Master of Divinity at the MCD University of Divinity, Australia`s first specialised university.

Susan Feez is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at UNE. She specialises in English language and literacy education, TESOL, and educational linguistics.

Sue Spinks is a Senior Lecturer of Linguistics at Macquarie University. She also coordinates the Macquarie University Writing Skills Program for undergraduate students and, in 2010, received an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) citation for excellence in teaching.

Chapter 1 Out of the tradition
Chapter 2 Towards text and context
Chapter 3 Exploring grammatical function and form
Chapter 4 How speakers represent the world: exploring experiential meanings
Chapter 5 How speakers interact with language: exploring interpersonal meanings
Chapter 6 How speakers take a position: Exploring interpersonal meanings further
Chapter 7 How speakers organise their message: exploring textual meanings
Chapter 8 Patterns of clause combination
Chapter 9 Exploring context
Chapter 10 Exploring text
Chapter 11 Applying functional grammar to language education
Chapter 12 Applying functional grammar to literary stylistics

Appendix A More information about nouns and adjectives
Appendix B Summary of metalanguage for each analysis
Appendix C Meaning patterns across a text
Appendix D Prepositional phrase (and adverbial group) help sheet
Appendix E Templates for summarising experiential meanings
Appendix F Templates for summarising interpersonal meanings
Appendix G Templates for summarising textual meanings of Theme
Appendix H Template for exploring nominal group structures
Appendix I Sample text analysis: Drought text
Appendix J The structure of the Nursery Tale

ISBN: 9781420256789
ISBN-10: 1420256785
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 351
Published: 14th September 2012
Publisher: Macmillan Education UK
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.0  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.72
Edition Number: 1

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