A discourse analysis that is not based on grammar is likely to end up as a
running commentary on a text, whereas a grammar-based one tends to treat
text as a finished product rather than an on-going process.
This book offers an approach to discourse analysis that is both
grammar-based and oriented towards text as process. It proposes a model
called TEXT TYPE within the framework of Hallidayan systemic-functional
linguistics, which views grammatical choices in a text not as elements that
combine to form a clause structure, but as semantic features that link
successive clauses into an unfolding phase. It then demonstrates the model
in actual analyses of 10 texts transcribed from 10 class hours’
audio-recorded EFL classroom discourse, which in turn leads to the
establishment of a dynamic system network that can be applied to future
analyses of the process of EFL classroom discourse.
The book also uncovers interesting details about EFL classroom teaching and
learning in the Chinese context, including variations in the classroom
environment, features of the interaction process, and discourse strategies
of the teachers and students. It will be essential reading for academics
and postgraduates working in the fields of discourse analysis, second
language acquisition and systemic functional linguistics.
"The book offers an innovative solution to the long-standing issue of how
to model text as an on-going process. It not only brings fresh insights
into the intricate ways text unfolds in context, but also provides an
ingenious framework for analysing the dynamic process of text, thus a
valuable piece of scholarship in discourse analysis."
- Professor Shaozeng Ren, Zhejiang University, China
"This is the book we have all been waiting for: it attempts to model text
as process within the framework of systemic functional linguistics and at
the same time offers a dynamic approach to discourse analysis. It also
gives a clear description of many features of EFL classroom discourse in
the Chinese context, a unique feature among books of the same kind. For
those interested in discourse analysis and in SFL as an appliable
linguistics, this book is a 'must-read'."
- Professor Guowen Huang, Sun Yat-sen University, China