Resources for Negotiating Social Relations

Negotiating Social Relations - Tenor Resources in English - 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 final chapter rounds out the new model of tenor introduced in this book. It does so first by looking ‘below’ – by considering the range of linguistic and paralinguistic resources that realise tenor and by focusing in particular on the interconnection of interpersonal meanings in play whenever we are enacting our sociality. This is illustrated primarily through the role body language plays in face-to-face conversation as far as bringing together all of the meanings described in this book are concerned. It then looks ‘around’, by considering how resources of tenor work together with resources of field (concerned with construing phenomena) and resources of mode (concerned with organising information). It shows how these three regions of meaning work not in isolation, but interact with one another in order to build coherent text. It then looks ‘above’ to see how tenor helps different genres achieve their social purpose. After considering the range of genres often used in schooling, it focuses in particular on conversation and how the model of tenor proposed in this book helps account for the unfolding conversation. Finally, the chapter looks ‘across’ to complementary perspectives on tenor – those that consider different types of social relation and those that consider different parameters upon which our social relations vary.

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Doran, Yaegan; Martin, J.R. ; Zappavigna, Michele. Resources for Negotiating Social Relations. Negotiating Social Relations - Tenor Resources in English. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jun 2025. ISBN 9781800505957. Date accessed: 15 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.41298. Jun 2025

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