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Title: Applying English Grammar
Subtitle: Functional and Corpus Approaches
Edited By: Caroline Coffin
Ann Hewings
Kieran O'Halloran
URL: http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/view=usa&ci=0340885149

This edited collection is about the application of English grammar and
specialises in 'functional' and'corpus' approaches, approaches which are
increasingly recognised as providing significant insights into English
language in action. It aims to stimulate interest and understanding of
grammar as an applied tool not just for grammarians or language learners,
but for all those interested in how language is organized to shape our view
of events in the world.

As the chapters in this book show, functional and corpus approaches allow
us to make observations that would not be amenable through more traditional
forms of grammatical analysis. They also illustrate how researchers can
fruitfully bring together corpus and functional approaches to reveal how
grammar and lexis create and transmit values, identities and ideologies.
Research in Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) has a long tradition of
drawing on functional grammar but has only relatively recently begun to
draw on corpus linguistics. As such, the book is unusual in presenting work
on CDA that draws on corpus linguistics. But not only that, it is also
unique in presenting work in CDA which brings together the methodologies of
corpus linguistics and functional grammar, demonstrating their combined
potential for illuminating ideological perspectives, particularly in media

Given this focus and given the increasing value of empirical data, the book
will be of interest to those in a range of disciplines including the
humanities and media and cultural studies.

Chapters comprise both newly commissioned and previously published works
that illustrate the two methodological approaches to grammatical analysis
and how they can be applied to deepen our understanding of language.

*This title is distributed in the United States by Oxford University

Table of Contents
General Introduction

Part 1. Introducing functional and corpus approaches
1 Working with corpora: issues and insights (Tognini-Bonelli)
2 Grammar and Spoken English (Carter)
3 Corpus-based comparisons of registers (Biber and Conrad)
4 Grammatical Structure: what do we mean?
5 Some grammatical problems in scientific English (Halliday)

Part 2. Getting down to specifics with corpus and functional approaches
6 Impersonalising stance: a study of anticipatory "it" in student and
published academic writing (Hewings & Hewings)
7 Researching the grammar of a "literary" text (Hillier)
8 Grammar in the construction of online discussion messages (Hewings & Coffin)
9 The development of language as a resource for learning (Painter)
10 Grammar in the construction of medical case histories (Francis &

Part 3. Critical text analysis with corpus and functional approaches
11 Nature and grammar (Goatly)
12 Computer Applications in critical discourse analysis (Koller & Mautner)
13 Subjectivity, Evaluation and Point of View in Media Discourse (White)
14 Human and inhuman geography: a comparative analysis of two long texts
and a corpus (Stubbs)
15 Checking Overinterpretation and Underinterpretation: Help from Corpora
in Critical Linguistics (O’Halloran & Coffin)

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Hodder Education
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0340885149
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 336
Prices: U.K. £ 16.99
U.S. $ 29.95