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 This is an accessible introduction to the most fully developed functional approach to grammar currently available. 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.

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Free course Grammar matters 1. For example, depending on the choices made in the courtroom case in Activity 3, language can function to intimidate and exercise power over a witness or to reassure and empower them as well as seeking information.

This emphasis on function rather than form gives rise to the terms functional grammar and Systemic Functional Linguistics known as SFL for short. A functional perspective holds that language looks the way it does because of the functions it fulfils, in other words, how we use it to make meaning.

This perspective focuses on how forms perform a range of meaning functions, rather than on form in itself. The next activity explains further what this approach can offer.

Activity 5: The value of a functional perspective on grammar 15 minutes In this activity you will listen to two brief extracts from an interview with the late Geoff Thompson, another well-known educator and researcher in the field of SFL. He is widely known and recognised for his work on functional grammar, and is author of the book Introducing Functional Grammar Thompson, Figure 5 Geoff Thompson As you listen, consider the associated questions.

What is formal grammar? What is functional grammar? How do they differ? Download this audio clip.


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