Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence - Gordon Tucker

Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence - Gordon Tucker

12. On Choosing the Subject Theme

Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence - Gordon Tucker

Margaret Berry [+-]
University of Nottingham (retired)
Margaret Berry, now retired, was Reader in English Language at the University of Nottingham, UK. She has published introductory books on systemic linguistics: An Introduction to Systemic Linguistics (Vol. 1): Structures and Systems (1975) Batsford and An Introduction to Systemic Linguistics (Vol. 2): Levels and Links (1977) Batsford. She has also published articles on a wide number of aspects of SFL, including context of situation, exchange structure, theme and rheme, given and new, register variation, and the application of SFL to the teaching of English. Her current research interests are in context of situation, exchange structure, theme and rheme and the written language of school children. She has lectured in China, Australia and Canada, as well as in Europe. She was instrumental in the organisation of a series of SFL workshops in Nottingham (1989-1992) which led to the formation of the European branch of the Systemic Functional Linguistics Association.

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Margaret Berry's chapter is concerned with Theme in English or Subject Theme in particular. The focus of the chapter is on the Subject Themes produced by two human communicating minds (language users). And the questions she asks include: (1) What influences the communicating minds when they make their choices? (2) Do communicating minds seem to be influenced by the main topic entities of the larger stretches of discourse when selecting the main topic entities, and so the Subject Themes, of the individual clauses? (3) What is the relationship between choice of Subject Theme and context of situation? and in particular, (4) Is there any evidence from the data used in the chapter that the communicating minds select different types of Subject Theme in differently perceived contexts of situation?

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Berry, Margaret. 12. On Choosing the Subject Theme. Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 235-251 Jun 2020. ISBN 9781781796870. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34281. Date accessed: 03 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34281. Jun 2020

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