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Fitting positioning theory into SFL

Reading: van Langenhove & Harré (1999). “Introducing positioning theory.” I’ve been thinking about positioning theory lately in the context of an analysis I’m doing of casual conversation. Van Langenhove and Harré define it this way: in a social interaction, there

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Cross-disciplinary adventures

I’m just back from four days in Pennsylvania showing new speaking and writing test items to students. I got to talk to kids from grades 3–12, have them try out draft test items, and ask them about their opinions of

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Maybe I should learn about

Once I was staying in a youth hostel in Florence, Italy, and I met a group of tourists from Brittany. They told me all about the Celtic music festival that they had in their hometown, and invited me to come

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Systemic functional conversation analysis

Reading: Hellerman, J. 2005. Syntactic and prosodic practices for cohesion in series of three-part sequences in classroom talk. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 38(1), 105–130. I’ve been working on a review of the literature on classroom discourse, and one

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What are we teaching?

Reading: Byrnes et al. (2006). “Taking text to task: Issues and choices in curriculum construction.” Outside of grad school, I work at the Center for Applied Linguistics as a test developer on a test of academic English for English learners

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Chomsky vs. Halliday

Reading: Hermann Parret’s interview with Michael Halliday, 1974 —– The other day I had this exchange on Twitter: NemaVeze (i.e., me): It’s the first week of the semester. Once again, all my professors are talking about why Chomsky is wrong.

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Thought of the day

Systemic functional linguistics and conversation analysis are two ways of approaching the same issues; the only difference is the unit of analysis. Discuss. Updated 9/12/11, 1:30 pm: Obviously this comparison doesn’t hold for any analysis of written text.

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