This is an accessible introduction to the most fully developed functional approach to grammar currently available. Now in its second edition, it is closely based on Michael Halliday's An Introduction to Functional Grammar: Third Edition. It can be used either as a comprehensive course book in its own right or as a means of preparing students for the more theoretical treatment of grammar as presented in Halliday's book. In this thoroughly updated edition, Introducing Functional Grammar describes clearly each of the major grammatical systems in terms of the kind of meaning that they contribute to messages. Starting with simple procedures for identifying the choices in a particular system, each chapter discusses the functions of the system in context. New material on the implications of corpus data and an introduction to systems networks is included; and there is greater emphasis on the exploration of how grammatical analysis can illuminate meaning at text and discourse level. Much of the content has been reorganised and made more user-friendly in response to feedback from students as well as teachers and other linguists.
There are numerous worked examples to illustrate the analysis at each stage, as well as practice activities for the reader to try out.
Table of Contents
The purpose of linguistic analysis Identifying clauses and clause constituents An overview of functional grammar Interaction in the clause: the interpersonal function Representing the world: the experiential metafunction Organising the message: the textual metafunction: theme Organising the message: the textual metafunction: cohesion Grammatical metaphor Groups and phrases Clauses in combination Implications and applications of functional grammar
Geoff Thompson is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Liverpool