Article published in:Language and Social Life: Functional perspectives
Edited by Kristina Love
[Australian Review of Applied Linguistics. Series S 19] 2005
► pp. 123–150
A case study of multi-stratal analysis
Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen | Centre for Language in Social Life, Macquarie University
Annabelle Lukin | Centre for Language in Social Life, Macquarie University
David G. Butt | Centre for Language in Social Life, Macquarie University
Chris Cleirigh | Centre for Language in Social Life, Macquarie University
Christopher Nesbitt | Centre for Language in Social Life, Macquarie University
The domains of application in applied linguistics have changed considerably since the early 1960s. In most of these domains, the fundamental property of language as a resource for making meaning has increasingly been foregrounded. This approach recognises, amongst other dimensions of language, its multi-stratal character, i.e. that a given instance of language consists of patterns of meaning (semantics), realized by patterns of wording (grammar), realized by patterns of sounding (phonology) or writing (graphology). The co-selection of these patterns both construes and expresses the kind of social context in which the language operates. There has not yet been a register of English described from the point of view of all four strata. In this paper, we report on a research project which is developing a multi-stratal description of a service encounter, namely the ordering of fast food by telephone. We present some of the findings here regarding the likely cross-stratal patterns for this kind of service encounter, and suggest areas of future research.
Published online: 01 January 2005
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