LINGUIST List 21.4094

Fri Oct 15 2010

Books: Applied Linguistics/Discourse Analysis/Lang Acquisition: Yang

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        1.     Jennifer Tighe , Modelling Text As Process: Yang

Message 1: Modelling Text As Process: Yang
Date: 06-Oct-2010
From: Jennifer Tighe <>
Subject: Modelling Text As Process: Yang
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Title: Modelling Text As Process Subtitle: A Dynamic Approach to EFL Classroom Discourse Published: 2010 Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd

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Author: Xueyan Yang Hardback: ISBN: 9780826426192 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 75.00

A discourse analysis that is not based on grammar is likely to end up as arunning commentary on a text, whereas a grammar-based one tends to treattext as a finished product rather than an on-going process.

This book offers an approach to discourse analysis that is bothgrammar-based and oriented towards text as process. It proposes a modelcalled TEXT TYPE within the framework of Hallidayan systemic-functionallinguistics, which views grammatical choices in a text not as elements thatcombine to form a clause structure, but as semantic features that linksuccessive clauses into an unfolding phase. It then demonstrates the modelin actual analyses of 10 texts transcribed from 10 class hours'audio-recorded EFL classroom discourse, which in turn leads to theestablishment of a dynamic system network that can be applied to futureanalyses of the process of EFL classroom discourse.

The book also uncovers interesting details about EFL classroom teaching andlearning in the Chinese context, including variations in the classroomenvironment, features of the interaction process, and discourse strategiesof the teachers and students. It will be essential reading for academicsand postgraduates working in the fields of discourse analysis, secondlanguage acquisition and systemic functional linguistics.

"The book offers an innovative solution to the long-standing issue of howto model text as an on-going process. It not only brings fresh insightsinto the intricate ways text unfolds in context, but also provides aningenious framework for analysing the dynamic process of text, thus avaluable 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 textas process within the framework of systemic functional linguistics and atthe same time offers a dynamic approach to discourse analysis. It alsogives a clear description of many features of EFL classroom discourse inthe Chinese context, a unique feature among books of the same kind. Forthose interested in discourse analysis and in SFL as an appliablelinguistics, this book is a 'must-read'."- Professor Guowen Huang, Sun Yat-sen University, China

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics                             Discourse Analysis                             Language Acquisition
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)
Written In: English (eng )

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