Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age - Sheena Gardner

Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age - Sheena Gardner

14. Diachronic Change from Washington to Obama: The Challenges and Constraints of Corpus-Assisted Meaning Analysis

Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age - Sheena Gardner

Paul Bayley [+-]
University of Bologna
Paul Bayley is Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the University of Bologna. He is head of teaching and learning activities at the Bologna University Language Centre. He is co-editor of European Identity: What the Media Say (with Geoffrey Williams, OUP, 2012) and Corpus-assisted Discourse Studies on the Iraq Conflict (with John Morley, Routledge, 2009).
Cinzia Bevitori [+-]
University of Bologna
Cinzia Bevitori is Senior Lecturer and Researcher of English Language and Linguistics at the Department of Social and Political Sciences at Bologna University at Forlì. Her research interests are in the field of corpus-assisted discourse analysis within the framework of SFL, focusing in particular on political and media discourse.

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This paper, based on the analysis of 226 speeches by American Presidents over a period of 224 years, aims at exploring what can and cannot be achieved by combining CL methods and procedures with the analysis of texts and discourse within the theoretical framework of SFL, focussing particularly on some aspects of the interpersonal metafunction (Halliday and Matthiesen 2004, Martin and White 2005). Moving beyond textual ‘aboutness’ (Bayley and Bevitori 2011), it is argued that certain kinds of lexicogrammatical patterns can be detected through the analysis of a non-annotated corpus. Moreover, with particular reference to our case-study, it is also claimed that shifts in these patterns indicate diachronic change in the rhetorical thrust of State of the Union addresses, from an ‘informative’ style, i.e. presenting a report, to a more ‘persuasive’ one, i.e. soliciting action.

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Bayley, Paul ; Bevitori, Cinzia. 14. Diachronic Change from Washington to Obama: The Challenges and Constraints of Corpus-Assisted Meaning Analysis. Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 229-245 Nov 2016. ISBN 9781781792384. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26118. Date accessed: 12 Dec 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26118. Nov 2016

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