Language in Action - SFL Theory across Contexts - María Estela Brisk

Language in Action - SFL Theory across Contexts - María Estela Brisk

6. A Functional Study of Transitivity and Attitude in Student Writing in Spanish across Disciplines: Making Connections

Language in Action - SFL Theory across Contexts - María Estela Brisk

Natalia Ignatieva [+-]
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Natalia Ignatieva has Ph. D. in Theoretical Linguistics and M. A. in Applied Linguistics. She is currently working at the National School of Languages, Linguistics and Translation (National Autonomous University of Mexico). She is a lecturer in linguistics, psycholinguistics, and second language acquisition at the postgraduate program in linguistics. As a researcher she works at the Department of Applied Linguistics and she is a member of the National Research System (National Counsel for Science and Technology of Mexico). Her research interests include second language acquisition, pedagogic grammar, systemic functional linguistics and discourse analysis and she has published widely in these areas. Her recent co-authored and co-edited books are: CLAE: Corpus del Lenguaje Académico en Español de México y los Estados Unidos: Un análisis sistémico funcional (2014), La investigación en el área de lenguas extranjeras en la UNAM: diagnóstico y perspectivas (2015), Lingüística Sistémico Funcional en México: aplicaciones e implicaciones (2016) .
Daniel Rodríguez-Vergara [+-]
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Daniel Rodríguez-Vergara is a full time researcher at the Applied Linguistics Department of the National School of Languages, Linguistics and Translation of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). He obtained a PhD in Linguistics and M.A. in Applied Linguistics at UNAM, and a B.A. in Modern Languages at the Meritorious Autonomous University of Puebla. His main academic interests have been in the fields of systemic functional linguistics (SFL), discourse analysis, academic writing in L2, and translation studies. Within SFL he has studied logico-semantic relations, transitivity, appraisal, thematic structure, etc. He has also developed research within Rhetorical Structure Theory and English for Specific Purposes. He has participated in several research projects related to the analysis of academic discourse and the teaching-learning of foreign languages. Currently he is a researcher and supervisor at the Program of M.A. and PhD in Linguistics of the UNAM.
Victoria Zamudio Jasso [+-]
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Victoria Zamudio Jasso has a Ph.D in Linguistics and M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She currently works as a full-time associate professor in the Applied Linguistics Department of the National School of Languages, Linguistics and Translation at the UNAM. Recently, she has developed and taught courses on the pedagogy of writing, ESP and academic discourse analysis at the undergraduate and graduate programs in Applied Linguistics. Her main academic and research interests include the use of evaluative language (including work within the appraisal framework), the analysis of academic discourse, (focusing mainly on the analysis of student texts), the development of academic literacies and the teaching of writing and reading for academic purposes.

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This chapter presents a systemic analysis of process types in academic student texts in Spanish in three different disciplines: literature, history and geography. It also analyses these texts from the Appraisal perspective and how appraisal differs by discipline. Lastly, it establishes connections and observes the interaction of the experiential and interpersonal metafunctions and the systems of Transitivity and Attitude. Our purpose is to explore how student writers use process types to construe their specific disciplinary experience and what options they choose for encoding semantic categories of Attitude. The results suggest that each system (Transitivity and Appraisal) shows a strong connection to each of the three disciplines (literature, history and geography) while the relation between the two metafunctions (experiential and interpersonal) is much weaker.

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Ignatieva, Natalia; Rodríguez-Vergara, Daniel; Zamudio, Victoria . 6. A Functional Study of Transitivity and Attitude in Student Writing in Spanish across Disciplines: Making Connections. Language in Action - SFL Theory across Contexts. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 149-176 Jun 2021. ISBN 9781800500044. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40631. Date accessed: 20 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40631. Jun 2021

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