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From Language to Multimodality

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This book shares the recent debates by systemic functional linguistics and other linguistic forums. Its principal focus is on how we use language to make meaning of the world, on how the systems and structures of the ideational function of language represent the realisation of our experiences of the world around us. The volume captures the endeavours of scholars working in different contexts, disciplines and languages around the world. Their contributions explore what underlies experiential and logical meaning-making through specific analyses of recently-created, contextually diverse, single texts or collections of texts, from mono- to multimodal texts. The issues addressed are: layers of meaning through the transitivity system; agency and subjectivity; what kinds of participants and circumstances are associated with various processes and how these vary across languages; new ways of researching and capturing the interaction of the experiential function with the other functions of language – interpersonal, textual and logical – in communicative contexts; how multimodality and new ways of modelling experience semiotically influence the work of linguists, linguistic description and application. The book displays the dynamic dialogue on theoretical and applied interests of scholars interested in functional linguistics and working in a wide range of academic contexts. At post-graduate level advanced students will benefit from new perspectives, the innovative thinking and research accounts that make up the collection. The papers highlight the flexibility of systemic functional linguistic approach and exemplify how it can offer deeper and further insights into potential ways of exploring meaning-making by drawing on recent seminal developments in ideation.

Published: Dec 31, 2008

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Section Chapter Authors
Information about the authors Carys Jones, Eija Ventola
Introduction Carys Jones, Eija Ventola
PART I: Theoretical developments in representation: Experiential issues
1 From process to pattern: methodological considerations in analysing transitivity in text Geoff Thompson
2 Using corpus data to have a closer look at the Experiential function Lyn Flowerdew
3 A survey of process type classification over difficult cases Michael O'Donnell, Michelle Zappavigna, Casey Whitelaw
PART II : Interactions among Ideational, Interpersonal and Textual meanings
4 The grammar of emotion in English and Spanish: a systemicfunctional approach Julia Lavid
5 Construing attitude and experience in discourse – the interaction of the TRANSITIVITY and APPRAISAL systems Claire Scott
6 Bridging the metafunctions: tracking participants through taxonomies Nick Moore
7 Tactic augmentation and circumstantial augmentation in the creation of field meanings Sridevi Sriniwass
PART III : Applications of the theory to academic contexts
8 Instantial and conventional representations in scientific knowledge construction Ann Montemayor-Borsinger
9 Mapping Ideational meaning in a corpus of student writing Sheena Gardner
10 The role of the Nominal group in undergraduate academic writing Anne McCabe, Christopher Gallagher
11 The expression of Experiential meaning in EFL students’ texts: an analysis of secondary school recounts Ana Martín-Úriz, Rachel Whitaker, Susana Murcia, Karina Vidal
PART IV: Exploring the Ideational function in multi-semiotic representation
12 Inter-semiotic expansion of Experiential meaning: hierarchical scales and metaphor in mathematics discourse Kay O'Halloran
13 Representations of individual and mass: modelling Experience through multiple modes in digital art Birgit Huemer
14 Movies ‘reloaded’ into commercial reality: representational structures in ‘The Matrix’ trilogy promotional posters Arianna Maiorani
15 Representing Experience: the co-articulation of verbiage and image in multimodal text Dai Yang
16 Decoding meaning in political cartoons Maria Pinar Sanz
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