Dialogic (Verbal) Affiliation

Affiliation and Systemic Functional Linguistics - Negotiating Community - Yaegan Doran

Yaegan Doran [+-]
University of Sydney
Yaegan Doran is a Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Research Fellow in the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building at the University of Sydney. His research focuses on language, semiosis, knowledge and education from the perspectives of Systemic Functional Linguistics and Legitimation Code Theory, spanning the interdisciplinary fields of educational linguistics, multimodality, and language and identity.
J.R. Martin [+-]
University of Sydney
J R Martin is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. His research interests include systemic theory, functional grammar, discourse semantics, register, genre, multimodality and critical discourse analysis, focussing on English and Tagalog - with special reference to the transdisciplinary fields of educational linguistics and social semiotics.
Michele Zappavigna [+-]
University of New South Wales
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Michele Zappavigna is a Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. As a linguist, her primary focus is on exploring the language of microblogging and social media. Her research in this area investigates discursive patterns in social media texts and corpora.


This chapter explores the concept of affiliation – how social bonds are enacted in discourse – by considering how values are proposed and negotiated in language as couplings of ideation and attitude. It surveys recent social semiotic work on coupling and affiliation that has arisen out of Knight’s (2010) work on conversational humour. The affiliation framework is applied to a case study featuring a face-to-face multiparty conversation between mothers talking about their experience of ‘mom guilt’ in a video posted to YouTube. Coupling analysis is applied to the transcript of this verbal interaction in order to explore the unfolding negotiation of values. Throughout this analysis we will see that the mothers orchestrate a highly intricate, yet subtle, pattern of meanings to affiliate with each other. This involves curating a range of language features including NEGOTIATION, concerned with the organisation of dialogue, APPRAISAL, concerned with sourcing and evaluation of meanings, IDEATION, concerned with the organisation of ideational meanings, and INVOLVEMENT concerned with marking social solidarity and status. Together, this chapter will show just how much work goes into building community and the ways in which SFL analyses can bring out the highly intricate ways of speaking that enable it.

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Doran, Yaegan; Martin, J.R. ; Zappavigna, Michele. Dialogic (Verbal) Affiliation. Affiliation and Systemic Functional Linguistics - Negotiating Community. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Oct 2022. ISBN 9780000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=41295. Date accessed: 22 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41295. Oct 2022

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