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Challenging Boundaries in Linguistics

Systemic Functional Perspectives


Edited By Stella Neumann, Rebekah Wegener, Jennifer Fest, Paula Niemietz and Nicole Hützen

Linguistics, like any discipline, is full of boundaries. However, in nature, as Ruqaiya Hasan points out, there are no clear cut boundaries. The participants of the 42nd International Systemic Functional Congress held at RWTH Aachen University addressed and challenged the notion of boundaries in linguistics in many creative ways. Twenty-one of the papers presented at the congress are collated in this volume. The six sections cover topics that challenge theoretical notions and stances, and explore historical, interpersonal and lexicogrammatical boundaries as well as those between languages and in language development. The volume presents a state of the art overview of systemic functional linguistic theorising with extensions into other theoretical frameworks.

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Attitude in student texts: Analysis of verbal, mental and relational clauses in Spanish (Natalia Ignatieva)


Natalia Ignatieva National Autonomous University of

Attitude in student texts: Analysis of verbal, mental and relational clauses in Spanish

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to analyze how certain Process types are associated with appraisal in student texts belonging to the genre of question-answer. Preliminary results show that clauses with evaluation prevail in our corpus. Besides, verbal clauses outnumber the mental and relational ones to express ATTITUDE.

1 Introduction

The aim of this paper is to present a functional analysis of three types of Processes: verbal, mental and relational in academic texts, from the Appraisal Theory perspective. This work forms part of the on-going research study developed at the National Autonomous University of Mexico which, in its turn, is included in the SAL (Systemics across Languages) project in its Latin American version1. We had already participated in the SAL project before with the study of verbal processes in academic texts in Spanish and had carried out a lexicogrammatical analysis of the verbal clauses, having presented the results of our research at the 38th, 40th and 41st ISFC congresses (Ignatieva 2011; Ignatieva and Zamudio 2012; Ignatieva and Rodríguez-Vergara 2015).

The present project extends this research to other two types of Processes: mental and relational, we chose these types for their proximity to verbal processes in the famous ‘wheel’ from the cover of the third edition of Halliday’s Introduction to Functional Grammar (1985), where verbal processes are situated...

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