Tag Archives: Context

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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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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The Alphabet Song

Here, in Japan, there are two versions of the Alphabet Song. There’s the familiar one: A-B-C-D-E-F-G–, H-I-J-K-LMNOP–, Q-R-S–,T-U-V–, W-X-Y- and Z–, Now I know my A,B,C, Won’t you come and sing with me? The version used in most Japanese schools, … Continue reading

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