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I'm looking for software that might allow me to measure lexical density as Halliday understood it (i.e., number of lexical items per ranking clause). Everything I've been able to find will only measure lexical density as percentage lexical items in an entire text. Automating this would save me a huge amount of time.
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Jennifer Walsh Marr Thank you very much - that does look useful.
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I am looking for an article/book that proposes a Systemic Functional Linguistics perspective (Halliday) on Italian. More specifically I am searching for a description of process types, participants and circumstances, that focuses on the Transitivity system of Italian.
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Thank you very much! I'll have definitely a look!
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I am seeking to understand the contextualized meaning of a specific word for a specific population via their use of the word in narraives. This seems to call for a semiotic approach to narrative analysis. Where would be a good place to find information as to how to go about doing that?
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Although I made my doctorate with Greimas, I would not recommend getting involved with his complicated theories, given the rather modest aim of you interest in narrativity. I think the best text on narrativity, with no particular epistemological presuppositions, in Logique de récit, by Claude Bremond from 1973. As far as I know, there is no English translation. The best overview in English may still be Narratology : the form and functioning of narrative, by Gerald Prince, from 1982. Both references are rather old, but Prince at least has an ongoing online handbook project here: http://www.lhn.uni-hamburg.de/users/gerald-prince
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Göran Sonesson
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They use the same term "variation", but I wonder whether they refer to the same thing. How does SFL relate variation to identity? Could you suggest materials that make the distinction or any SFL study that addresses the relation of variation with identity? Thank you!
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Dear Mohammad,
Thanks for your patience in answering my questions. The detailed explanations are rather helpful to me. Actually, as I see it, genre colonization and genre appropriation are two sides of a coin. I am looking forward to reading your new papers. Kindly let me know when they come out.
best wishes,
Wenge
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Whats related literture to prove it?
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Yes, CDA can be applied to the study of language (which means everyday language I guess) and literature, as for the former, there are CDA based anlayses such as about US presidential addresses, and for the latter there are anlayses about JK Rowling's Harry Potter noves. 
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It is in the context of Fiction analysis in systemic functional linguistics/grammar
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You may find my chapter "Deonstemic Modals in Legal Discourse: The Cognitive Semiotics of Layered Actions" (available in penultimate draft form on researchgate useful. Cognitive Linguistic approaches to modality and mood share many commitments with SFG.
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Nominalization is the most typical structure of Ideational Grammatical Metaphor (IGM), particularly in scientific and political discourses as well as academic writing. Halliday and Matthiessen (2004) point out that information density, nominalization and GM are as the foremost lexico-grammatical features of the academic and written language. we are doing an empirical research based on the explicit teaching of Nominalization to advanced EFL learners to find out its impact on their writing skills. What do you think of it? State your informative experiences and advice please.
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I think it is important to remember that nominalisation is a central feature of academic discourse and texts - it is what makes both reading and writing in the university so difficult for so many students on entry. Alerting students to the fact that academic discourse is no-one's mother tongue helps them to recognise the strangeness of this particular use of language and that which sets it apart from everyday speech. So pointing out explicit evidence of how nominalisation works is, from my experience, very useful for all students. The fact that the use of the passive emerges is also crucial to draw attention to - the one response here shows how it works in the Sciences, but the other key work it does is to overtly conceal agency -  in many contexts, the deliberate choice to use the passive is underpinned by sinister motives. So yes, teach it, but don't go over the top with it. It will become more and more apparent to students anyway, as they progress through their studies. It is also possible to create authentic activities - within a discipline, derived from a relevant text s.
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I feel recently the term multimodality has been used as a synonym to multimodal social semiotics, but I am wondering if I can claim that. Also how to understand the relationship between systemic functional linguistics and social semiotics? Can I consider SFL as the grammar of language, while Kress and van Leeuwen's grammar of visual design would be the equivalent in visual texts, both used to (theoretically) deconstruct the meanings of the texts?
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Depending on the type of multimodality you are looking at, there are a range of other approaches. Considering text-image relations, apart from Forceville, a look at the works by Hartmut Stöckl, Ludwig Jäger or Werner Holly might be of interest to you. If you are interested in gesture-speech relations from a linguistic perspective, works by Ellen Fricke, Cornelia Müller or Alan Cienki might be of helpful. A good overview of multimodality research on speech and gesture, also presenting approaches from psychology, semiotics, or anthropology, for instance, is given in the 2 volume handbook "Body-Language-Communication" published by de Gruyter in 2013 and 2014. 
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I wish to write a thesis that looks at how we can use sfl and appraisal theory in particular to analyse opinion columns and how these capture and expose identities as well as ideologies 
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Dear colleague,
I have written different papers on Appraisal Theory and newspaper discourse. You can have a look at my publications in my profile. They may be useful for your research.
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Because both try to investigate and disclose covert meanings permeating in the whole texts and struggle to find out the speakers or orators outlooks in the texts.
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Apparently both approaches might look pretty similar but they are different at heart. To me, appraisal framework (AF) is more structural focused whereas critical discourse analysis (CDA) is more social and radical in its stances. AF looks at how interpersonal meaning has been established in the language use; CDA analyses how particular language use influences and affects its audience i.e. the former is concerned with the product whereas the latter is not only concerned with the process and the possible consequences but also how to improve circumstances in a given situation. CDA goes beyond the meaning of language by locating hidden ideologies, which are much stronger than judgments detected through AF. Judgments are results of ideologies that form the basis of particular language use. Unlike AF, CDA is philosophically analytical in broader perspectives with greater implications. CDA might well have a change agenda to reform and relieve the audience affected by the misuse of language power which AF is unlikely to target. Contrary to CDA, AF has limited scope of analyzing language under three main categories of attitude, engagement and graduation. On the other hand, CDA has much broader perspectives and stances to decode the language and its meaning at micro and macro level.