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Multiscalar modelling of context: some questions raised by the category of mode

Bartlett, Thomas Alexander Marks ORCID: 2015. Multiscalar modelling of context: some questions raised by the category of mode. Bowcher, Wendy L. and Yameng Liang, Jennifer, eds. Society in Language, Language in Society Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 166-183.

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Bartlett critiques Hasan’s modelling of context within the theoretical architecture of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). Focusing on the contextual vector of mode and its relationship with semantic and lexicogrammatical features of language in use, he employs Halliday’s “trinocular” approach to question the theoretical and practical suitability of conflating first- and second-order features of context within a single category and, drawing on ideas from wider sociolinguistics, advocates instead a multiscalar model that distinguishes between the first-order non-linguistic environment and the second-order linguistically-construed context. In this model language features are not activated by the environment except through the mediation of the second-order context, which is itself a response to the environment.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137402851
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Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 09:46

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