Category Archives: Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL)

The language of new media design

Dear All, Today I would like to discuss a book which may be of interest to scholars and students who work within the framework of systemic functional linguistics (SFL) and multimodal critical discourse analysis (MCDA). This book presents researchers with SFL analytical tools for studying such complex modern media products as websites, photographs, and mixed …

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Visual APPRAISAL-ENGAGEMENT

Dear All, We have already discussed the APPRAISAL-ENGAGEMENT framework for the analysis of verbal texts. However, not all texts consist of verbal content only. In addition to the verbal mode, the visual mode is also often enabled in modern texts. Visual texts, however, do not function in the same way as verbal texts. For example, …

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Theme and rheme

Dear All, Have you ever heard the terms “theme” and “rheme” (= focus – background/presupposition)? First, this post defines the two terms and then provides an example of how they have been applied in research. The discussion concludes by pointing at the importance of these notions in linguistics. Theme (in some sources, also “topic,” “background,” …

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APPRAISAL-ENGAGEMENT

The ENGAGEMENT resource of APPRAISAL (Martin & White, 2005, p. 134) Dear all, Today I would like to focus on one of the resources of APPRAISAL in more detail. Namely, I would like to speak about ENGAGEMENT. The ENGAGEMENT resource is “directed towards identifying the particular dialogic positioning associated with given meanings and towards describing …

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APPRAISAL framework: Evaluations in language

APPRAISAL resources (Martin & White, 2005) Dear All, Today I would like to speak about the APPRAISAL framework (aka “APPRAISAL system”, “APPRAISAL theory”). Using the overarching framework of systemic functional linguistics (SFL), Martin and White (2005) developed an elaborate system allowing linguistic analysis of a text from the perspective of the evaluative properties of this …

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SFL functional perspective

Central to Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) is a perspective on discourse as a functional act: discourse is a medium to concrete things in the real world. In order to accomplish something effectively, it is necessary to choose a certain register. Register can be defined as “manner of speaking or writing specific to a certain function, …

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