This book, based on revised papers originally delivered at the VII International Systemic Functional Workshop in Valencia in 1995, explores some of the choices open to speakers and writers for the expression of meaning in different socio-cultural contexts. Many of the papers draw their inspiration from models of language developed by Michael Halliday and in particular recent theories of variation in relation to texts and genres explored by Halliday and his followers. There is an emphasis on the interdependence and interaction of linguistic choices across sentence boundaries and speaking turns, and also a consistent focus across many papers on the importance of lexicogrammar in the construction of texts. Several papers examine the differences between native-speaker and non-native-speaker choices in speech and writing. The volume also contributes to our understanding of differences and similarities between spoken and written varieties of English and of the central significance of interpersonal functions in the communication of messages.
By drawing on naturally-occurring data collected on a range of genres as diverse as philosophy articles, scientific research papers, emergency telephone calls, and casual conversation, contributors both refine descriptions of the relations between text and context and offer numerous new insights and analyses.
1. Foreword; 2. Introduction; 3. Meaning as work: Individuals, society and the production of representational resources (by Kress, Gunther); 4. I Written Genres; 5. Resonance in text (by Thompson, Geoff); 6. Conditional expressions: Meanings and realizations in two genres (by Bloor, Thomas); 7. Pragmatic, stylistic and grammatical limitations on choice: A study of cause-effect signalling in English (by Jordan, Michael P.); 8. Functional variations in NG premodifiers in written English (by Lopez-Folgado, Vicente); 9. Information progression strategies in administrative forms: A cross-linguistic study (by Downing, Angela); 10. Interpersonal choices in academic work (by Ventola, Eija); 11. The consequences of choice: Discursive positioning in an art institution (by Ravelli, Louise J.); 12. Lexical and grammatical choices in innovative language use in computer science (by Bloor, Meriel); 13. Scientific discourse as interaction: Scientific articles vs. popularizations (by Garces-Conejos, Pilar); 14. Rhetorical relations and subordination in L2 writing (by Pelsmaekers, Katja); 15. II Spoken Genres; 16. Quality choice and quality control (by Tucker, Gordon H.); 17. Modality in the therapeutic dialogue (by Chambon, Adrienne); 18. The conversational dynamics of interactional dispute in conflictive calls for emergency assistance: A single case study (by Perez-Gonzalez, Luis); 19. Friends or strangers: Only their phases show for sure (by Malcolm, Karen); 20. Lars Porsena and my bonk manager: A systemic-functional study in the semogenesis of the language of swearing (by Veltman, Robert); 21. Intonation choices in the English of non-native speakers: An exploratory study (by Hewings, Martin); 22. Index of subjects; 23. Index of names