Introducing Functional Grammar
Routledge – 2013 – 316 pages
Introducing Functional Grammar, third edition, provides a user-friendly overview of the theoretical and practical aspects of the systemic functional grammar (SFG) model.
No prior knowledge of formal linguistics is required as the book provides:
The third edition is updated throughout, and is based closely on the fourth edition of Halliday and Matthiessen's Introduction to Functional Grammar. A glossary of terms, more exercises and an additional chapter are available on the companion website at: www.routledge.com/cw/thompson.
Introducing Functional Grammar remains the essential entry guide to Hallidayan functional grammar, for undergraduate and postgraduate students of language and linguistics.
This… is a more detailed and user-friendly introduction
to an approach to grammar through meaning and function. Functional
grammar is presented here in a context that enables a broader
socio-cultural orientation to be shown of how language works. Thompson
does this with clarity and the engagement of his readers in the course
of ten chapters … The book also provides a detailed index,
suggestions for answers to exercises, a comprehensive list of
references, as well as five pages of further reading, related to each
chapter. This is especially helpful for beginners and researchers, not
to mention teachers … [It] serves as a most worthwhile introduction
to systemic functional grammar and should be on the bookshelf of those
working in the TESOL field.
Margaret Bade, NZSAL
Chapter 1: The purposes of linguistic analysis
Chapter 2: Recognizing clauses and clause constituents
Chapter 3: An overview of functional grammar
Chapter 4: Interacting: the interpersonal metafunction
Chapter 5: Representing the world: the experiential metafunction
Chapter 6: Organizing the message: the textual metafunction - theme
Chapter 7: Organizing the message: the textual metafunction - cohesion
Chapter 8: Clauses in combination
Chapter 9: Grammatical metaphor
Chapter 10: Implications and applications of functional grammar
Answers to exercises
Geoff Thompson is Honorary Senior Fellow at the School of English, University of Liverpool.