Article published in:Theory and Practice in Functional-Cognitive Space
Edited by María de los Ángeles Gómez González, Francisco José Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez and Francisco Gonzálvez-García
[Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 68] 2014
► pp. 107–126
Theme and variations
There has been a great deal of interest recently in investigating the configurations of linguistic choices which characterise different registers. This chapter focuses on the particular area of patterns of thematic choice across registers. We bring together two traditions in register analysis: Systemic Functional Linguistics, and Corpus Linguistics as implemented by Biber and colleagues. We carry out a manual analysis of Theme, using SFL categories, in a small set of texts designed to mirror the registers which appear at key points on Biber’s Dimension 1 (“Involved versus Informational Production”). The goal is to see to what extent variation in thematic patterning accords with the positioning on Biber’s scale; and we attempt to account for any similarities and differences that emerge.
Published online: 22 July 2014
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