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Title: Dynamics of Functional Meanings in Discourse
Keywords: Systemic Functional, metafunction, discourse, recurrence plot, singular value decomposition, Systemics
Issue Date: 27-Jul-2010
Citation: LOH BOON LIANG (2010-07-27). Dynamics of Functional Meanings in Discourse. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This thesis presents novel technology-based techniques to analyse and capture the dynamics of meaning-making resources in discourse. To demonstrate our approach, a specific text from a news website is chosen and analysed. Meaning is described with the metafunctional principle (Halliday 1978), by employing system networks from Systemic Functional Grammar (Halliday 2004, Martin 1992). Computer software (O¿Halloran 2003) is used to perform comprehensive analyses of the text across different dimensions of functionality. Mathematical methods (Trefethen et al 1997) are introduced to characterise and manipulate the resulting data to produce visualisations representing diverse functional perspectives. A text is a complex semiotic system with multiple layers of meanings that interact with each other. Texts can be regarded as particular instantiations of language or micro-scale snapshots of complex evolving trends in societies and cultures. The eventual goal of this study of dynamics is to develop means of describing, understanding and forecasting processes of socio-cultural evolution.
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