- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (30 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 034080680X
- ISBN-13: 978-0340806807
- Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 1.8 x 15.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 544 g
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The Functional Analysis of English: A Hallidayan Approach Paperback – 30 Jul 2004
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Japanese Association of English Teachers
Very clear introduction to difficult concepts - great exercises
Dr Sheena Gardner, University of Warwick, UK
'The best for this level.'
P. Livesey, University of Central Lancashire
Each chapter has a summary, suggestions for further study and a number of exercises. And the time-challenged lecturer will welcome to answers at the back of the book. The glossary is generous, and where appropriate capital letters are used to follow the conventions of SFL.
Anne Sachtleben, TESOLANZ Journal
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Meriel Bloor, Fellow of the Centre for English Language Teaching at the University of Warwick, UK
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Tom and Meriel Bloor's book is the best introduction to this grammar. Written as a course textbook, with a clear, methodical presentation and exercises, it can also be read as a general introduction for the curious. It is complete and highly readable, and the grammatical theories it presents and explains can be useful to anyone who works with language, to better understand how language works. Language is not examined here out of context - in fact, context is one of the key factors in Halliday's grammar - rather, Bloor and Bloor show how isolated bits of text fit in with the larger perspective of language as a whole.
Instead, I found a book that sets out a particular analysis without adequately explaining why such an analysis has been arrived at. It is the worst kind of 'school textbook', telling the student what the dogma is without trying to reason with him/her, as a presumably intelligent person, why such an analysis is the preferred one.
For instance, their analysis of 'The kettle is boiling' into Given information ('the kettle') and New Information ('is boiling') makes no sense to me at all. All that this analysis does is take the underlying Subject/Predicate construction and reinterpret it as Given/New. In fact, my intuition is that 'The kettle is boiling' forms a single unit in which the WHOLE SENTENCE is New information.
Because the book does not try to discuss with the reader why this analysis has been adopted, it is impossible to figure out what the principles of analysis should be. From reading this book, I still don't have a clear idea how functional grammar analyses sentences.
I would not recommend this book.
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