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- Editor: Routledge; Edición: 2 (25 de junio de 2004)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0340807164
- ISBN-13: 978-0340807163
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Introducing Functional Grammar (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 25 jun 2004
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This second edition is a more detailed and user-friendly introduction
to an approach to grammar through meaning and function. Functional
gramar is presented ere 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
Reseña del editor
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.
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First, Thompson's book is engaging. I read the first 3 chapters (introductory matters: purpose of linguistic analysis, recognizing clauses and learning terminology, and an overview of functional grammar along with terms) so quickly I was surprised. Thompson's use of illustrations and embedded exercises drew me into the text and the theory (and gave me that ever-so-important "I'm getting this" feeling).
Second, though Halliday and Matthiessen organize their book around the metafunctions of grammar, they often "jumped ahead" to introduce or cover material that should have been left until its time had come, which would have created less confusion. Thompson, though organizing his book around the metafunctions, does not jump around too much. He is very patient. I got the sense that he is a teacher and knows his "students" very well. There is a lot less confusion in Thompson's book as a result.
Third, Thompson has filtered the material and has given what is truly needed for introduction to the theory. There are only 250 pages (not including front or back matter) in this book. The author is concise and to the point, and he demonstrates the principles of the theory in ways that make it accessible.
Finally, the book uses an appropriate number of charts and tables for demonstrating the materials, a fact that visual learners like me will appreciate.
If you are learning Hallidayan Functional Grammar, you must get Halliday and Matthiessen--and you must to get Thompson to supplement.
The tone of the book is warmly personal, creating the feeling you are part of a classroom discussion. Throughout, the author uses the first person singular. When he presents his own analyses, he is always careful not to sound pedantic but invites the opinions and insights of the reader, encouraging creativity and reflection.
I wrote a more thorough review of this book for my employer, SIL (see sil.org). (I received a free copy of the book in exchange for writing a review of the book.) My review containes a detailed description of each chapter as well as a sample application of the theory to my own data.