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Contextual Configuration

The field, tenor and mode of the context of situation function “as a point of entry to a situation as a set of possibilities” (Halliday & Hasan, 1985, p.55). Within a culture, there are sets of certain recurring situations¬†with the … Continue reading

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Mode of discourse

The third part of the context of situation is the mode of discourse. Mode refers to: what part the language is playing, what it is that the participants are expecting the language to do for them in that situation: the … Continue reading

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Tenor of discourse

The second part of the context of situation is the tenor of discourse. Tenor refers to: who is taking part, to the nature of the participants, their statuses and roles: what kinds of role relationship obtain among the participants, including … Continue reading

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Field of discourse

Here is a recipe for Lemon Risotto from http://www.epicurious.com: We know this is a recipe, and not say a research report, partly through the field of discourse. Within the context of situation, field refers to: what is happening, to the … Continue reading

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