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Systemic Functional Grammar (Part 2 – The Interpersonal Metafunction)Several people I know have expressed an interest in finding out more about Systemic Functional Linguistics. Some have attempted to read Michael Halliday’s Introduction to Functional Grammar and have ‘feedbacked’ to me about it being dense and not the most accessible…So here is a summary of my research on the subject.

This post is based on research from the following books

An Introduction to Functional Grammar

The Functional Analysis of English

Using Functional Grammar: An Explorer’s Guide

I’ve found it almost impossible to do this in one blog, so I’ll be dividing my summary into 5 parts. This first part is mainly an introduction into the subject, and in Part 2, I will look at the Interpersonal Metafunction, in Part 3, the Experiential Metafunction, and in Part 4, the Textual Metafunction. The final part would also contain some…

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  1. The IFG book by Michael Halliday is the ‘bible’ of SFG but rather technical for beginners. It is a problem that there is little ‘first steps’ material for teachers and the like, because functional grammar is indeed a very powerful tool for not only analysis but teaching too.

    I’ve a little website which attempts to demonstrate the basics for teachers http://manxman.ch/moodle2/

    Regards

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