Analysing English Grammar: A Systemic-Functional Introduction

Analysing English Grammar: A Systemic-Functional Introduction


By (author) Lise Fontaine

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  • Format: Paperback | 291 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 244mm x 16mm | 620g
  • Publication date: 31 December 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521151937
  • ISBN 13: 9780521151931
  • Illustrations note: 131 b/w illus. 44 tables 19 exercises
  • Sales rank: 189,693

Product description

A practical step-by-step introduction to the analysis of English grammar, this book leaves the reader confident to tackle the challenges analysing grammar may pose. The first textbook to take an integrated approach to function and structure in grammatical analysis, it allows students to build experience, skills and confidence in working with grammar. The innovative, hybrid approach combines an introduction to systemic functional theory with a solid grounding in grammatical structure. The book approaches grammar in an incremental way, enabling students to develop grammatical skill in stages. It is of particular value to those starting to work with functional grammar but it is also relevant for experienced readers who are interested in developing a more systematic approach to grammatical analysis.

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Author information

Lise Fontaine is a lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication Research at the University of Cardiff.

Review quote

'An exceptionally lucid university-level introduction to the structural grammar of English from the perspective of systemic functional linguistics.' Michael Cummings, Professor Emeritus, York University, Toronto 'Lise Fontaine's beautifully clear explanations of ten steps to SFL clause analysis, and informed interpretations of texts that populate her life introduce readers to analysing English grammar meaningfully.' Sheena Gardner, Coventry University

Table of contents

1. Introduction to functional grammatical analysis; 2. The units of language analysis; 3. The grammar of things: the nominal group; 4. Representing experience; 5. Orienting language; 6. Organizing language; 7. From text to clause; 8. Guidelines for grammatical analysis; 9. There and back again: interpreting the analysis; 10. Answers to exercises.