GERM-563 Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics
Spring for 2014-2015
The goal of the course is to provide an introduction to the functional analysis of language, using Hallidayan systemic functional linguistics as the theoretical frame of reference and English as the exemplar language. The course introduces students to general concepts of this socioculturally oriented model of grammar with its explicit focus on meaning in oral and written texts and familiarizes them with different conceptual and analytical tools that are available for such analyses. Because systemic-functional linguistics provides considerable resources for literacy-oriented and interpretive approaches to language learning and use, it is particularly well suited for principled approaches to the pedagogy of advanced L2 learning, including advanced reading and writing, L2 learning by heritage learner, and L2 instruction for academic and professional purposes. No prerequisites. Professor Heidi Byrnes, German.
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