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Book: A Functional Grammar for Writers

Chapter: Organizing the text: from sentence to paragraph to essay

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.26427


Chapter 6 has two purposes, both related. It will begin with an explanation of clause combination: the logical ways in which we place clauses against one another in order to create arguments in systems of dependence (or independence). It will then move into the notion of information structure, or how we can link the grammatical, thematic structure of the clause (as per Halliday and Matthiessen 2004) with the notion of text structure (hyper-theme and macro-theme as per Martin 1985; briefly taken up in SWYT?) These structures will be placed specifically against an essay outline, in order to demonstrate how the writer can construct clear overall structures and use specific clause combination strategies to achieve a unified, coherent text.

Chapter Contributors

  • Derek Irwin ( - dirwin) 'University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus'
  • Viktoria Jovanovic-Krstic ( - vkrstic) 'University of Toronto'