Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age - Sheena Gardner

Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age - Sheena Gardner

16. Grammatical Metaphor through the Lens of Software? Examining “Crisis” in a Corpus of Articles from The Financial Times

Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age - Sheena Gardner

Antonella Luporini [+-]
University of Bologna
Antonella Luporini works as an Adjunct Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the Department of modern languages, literatures and cultures of the University of Bologna. She is a member of the Department’s Centre for Linguistic-Cultural Studies (CeSLiC), where she is currently involved in two research projects, one on computer-mediated communication and English language teaching (CO-METS), the other on Hasan’s Systemic Socio-Semantic Stylistics (formerly Social Semiotic Stylistics, SSS) and the corpus. Her research interests extend to corpus-assisted investigations of conceptual and grammatical metaphor, the main topic of her PhD dissertation (2013). As part of the aforementioned project, and together with Donna R. Miller, Luporini has recently focused on the feasibility of a corpus-assisted approach to the analysis of verbal art within Hasan’s SSS framework, presenting select findings at the 2014 European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and the 2015 International Systemic Functional Conference: cf. the 2014 paper “Social Semiotic Stylistics and the corpus: How do-able is an automated analysis of verbal art?”, in Duguid, Marchi, Partington and Taylor (eds), Gentle Obsessions. Literature, Linguistics and Learning. In Honour of John Morley, Rome: Artemide. The most recent advance in Miller and Luporini’s research on Hasan’s work concerns SSS as appliable linguistics in the ESL classroom at University level.

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This paper will examine the extent to which a corpus can assist the researcher. Preliminary considerations include types of metaphor, and their relation to the corpus: lexical and grammatical metaphor; metaphor and (versus?) corpus. A case study is presented: GMs for the global crisis in The Financial Times and Il Sole 24 Ore 2008. Materials and methods are outlined, and the question of negotiating volume/richness is discussed.

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Luporini, Antonella. 16. Grammatical Metaphor through the Lens of Software? Examining “Crisis” in a Corpus of Articles from The Financial Times. Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 260-275 Nov 2016. ISBN 9781781792384. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26120. Date accessed: 12 Dec 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26120. Nov 2016

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