This edited collection is about the application of English grammar
and specialises in 'functional' and'corpus' approaches, approaches
which are increasingly recognised as providing significant insights
into English language in action. It aims to stimulate interest and
understanding of grammar as an applied tool not just for
grammarians or language learners, but for all those interested in
how language is organized to shape our view of events in the world.
As the chapters in this book show, functional and corpus approaches
allow us to make observations that would not be amenable through
more traditional forms of grammatical analysis. They also
illustrate how researchers can fruitfully bring together corpus and
functional approaches to reveal how grammar and lexis create and
transmit values, identities and ideologies. Research in Critical
Discourse Analysis (CDA) has a long tradition of drawing on
functional grammar but has only relatively recently begun to draw
on corpus linguistics. As such, the book is unusual in presenting
work on CDA which draws on corpus linguistics. But not only that,
it is also unique in presenting work in CDA which brings together
the methodologies of corpus linguistics and functional grammar,
demonstrating their combined potential for illuminating ideological
perspectives, particularly in media texts. Given this focus and
given the increasing value of empirical data, the book will be of
interest to those in a range of disciplines including the
humanities and media and cultural studies. Chapters comprise both
newly commissioned and previously published works that illustrate
the two methodological approaches to grammatical analysis and how
they can be applied to deepen our understanding of language.
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