Seminar: Topics in Functional Grammar - Details
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Course name Seminar: Topics in Functional Grammar
Semester SS 2021
Current number of participants 33
maximum number of participants 35
Home institute Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft (Anglistik)
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Wed., 14.04.2021 08:15 - 09:45
Participants Bachelor Anglistik
Lehramt Englisch
Bachelor ANIS
Pre-requisites Basismodul Introduction to Linguistics (nicht verpflichtend)
Learning organisation Seminar im Modul "Grammar in Context"
Prüfungsanmeldung für das Modul ist über diese Veranstaltung möglich.
Performance record Portfolio
Online/Digitale Veranstaltung Veranstaltung wird online/digital abgehalten.
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise Eggins, S. (2004). An Introduction to Systemic Functional Linguistics. 2nd ed. New York: Continuum.

Fontaine, L. (2013). Analysing English Grammar: A Systemic Functional Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Halliday, M.A.K. & C. Matthiessen (2014). Halliday’s Introduction to Functional Grammar. 4th ed. London: Routledge.

Thompson, G. (2004). Introducing Functional Grammar. 2nd ed. London: Routledge.
ECTS points 6 (Gesamtmodul)

Course location / Course dates

n.a. Wednesday: 08:15 - 09:45, weekly

Module assignments


Unlike formal approaches to grammar, which consider grammar as a set of rules specifying all possible grammatical structures of a language, functional approaches to grammar are concerned with how language is used to achieve various purposes in different social contexts. This course will focus on one particular functional approach to grammar, i.e. Halliday’s Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG), which sees language as a system that represents a resource for speakers to express particular functions in social interaction. The aim of this course is threefold: (1) to introduce students to the basic tenets and key concepts of SFG (e.g. nominal group, mood/modality, cohesion, theme/rheme, process/participant); (2) to give students the opportunity to practically apply these principles by analyzing sentences from different text types; (3) to compare the key topics underlying SFG with more traditional approaches to grammar, notably Quirk et al.’s Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language.

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "ESW/ASW: Aufbaumodul BA/LA: S".
The following rules apply for the admission:
  • This setting is active from 01.03.2021 08:00 to 05.04.2021 20:00.
    Enrolment is allowed for up to 1 courses of the admission set.
  • A defined number of seats will be assigned to these courses.
    The seats in the affected courses have been assigned at 07.04.2021 on 08:00. Additional seats may be available via a wait list.
  • The enrolment is possible from 01.03.2021, 08:00 to 05.04.2021, 20:00.
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