Three meta-functions of language are identified by M. A. K. Halliday in Systemic Functional. Linguistics, i.e. the ideational function, the interpersonal function and . The experiential metafunction construes meaning as distinct, yet related parts of a whole (typically labelled ‘constituency’; cf. Halliday 63). An experiential. should be highlighted at the discourse level. This study attempts to explore Halliday’s SFL, transitivity and metafunctions in terms of their implied social, semantic.

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In the social semiotic approach to multimodality, a metafunctional hypothesis is posited. This hypothesis states that all semiotic modes serve three metafunctions in order to function as a full system of communication cf.

Kress and van Leeuwen These metafunctions organize the various elements and systems that constitute a mode into three distinct domains of meaning, i. The ideational metafunction organizes the resources we use when we construe our experience of both the inner mental and the external social and physical world. The ideational metafunction is.


It is possible to distinguish between two sub-components of the ideational metafunction cf. An experiential configuration of meaning relates a process to one or more participants and frames this relation circumstantially; viz.

The logical metafunction is concerned with the connection between events and construes meaning in a more abstract way than the experiential metafunction. The logical metafunction is central to language but is more difficult balliday describe in other modes; since only language has a clearly delineated, multivariate structure i. The interpersonal metafunction concerns the interaction between the producer and the perceiver of a text.

Metqfunctions organizes the resources we use when we take on different, complementary dialogical roles in an exchange of meaning. In other words, it functions as.

The interpersonal metafunction is also concerned with expressions of modality, i. The third metafunction, the textual, organizes the resources we use to create cohesive and context sensitive texts when we choose to exchange a certain experiential meaning. Textual meaning is not realized by constituency or by prosodic structure:. What the textual component does is to express the particular semantic status of elements in the discourse by assigning them to the boundaries … ; this marks off units of the message as extending from one peak of prominence to the next Halliday The hypothesis about the three or four metafunctions was originally suggested by Halliday when he worked with the description of Cantonese, and he supported it theoretically with ideas from Whorf, Malinowski and Mathesius.



Halliday pays tribute to these scholars as follows:. For Malinowski, language was a means of action; and since symbols cannot act on things, this meant as means of interaction — acting on other people. Language needs not and often did not match the reality; but since metafuncrions derived its meaning potential from use, it typically worked. For Whorf, on the other hand, language was a means of thought. It provided a model of reality; but when the two did not match, since experience was interpreted within the limitations of this model, it could be disastrous in action […].

Mathesius showed how language varied to suit the context.

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Metaafunctions sentence of the text was organized by the speaker so as to convey the message he wanted at that juncture, and the total effect was what we recognize as discourse.

Their work provides the foundation for a systemic functional semantics Halliday This is indeed debatable halliray ties in with the discussion of what a mode is cf.

In a more recent publication, van Leeuwen discusses the principle of multi-metafunctionality in and across modes:. The use of metafunctions in thinking about other semiotic modes has been an incredibly important step, and metfaunctions heuristic. And it has still further to go, particularly in relation to the idea of communicative acts, or multimodal acts, whatever you wish to call them.

But when I wrote Speech, Music, Sound I commented on the applicability of metafnuctions metafunctions, because it seemed to me that in sound and music the ideational often has to piggy-back on the interpersonal, because sound is so fundamentally interactional.

Then I thought, but what about the visual? Close distance to the viewer, for instance, is never actual close distance, only a representation of it.

Again, in studying PowerPoint I found that the written language on the slides is often entirely devoid of any interpersonal things.

There are just nominal groups. The metafunctions are distributed across the modes in the multimodal mix, and not every one of the modes in that mix has all three. So there are issues to discuss.


What kind of work are the different semiotic modes given to do? You could say that in multimodal communication we always need the three metafunctions, so that all three are present in any act of multimodal communication, but which metafunctions is mostly or solely carried by which kind of mode in the mix may differ.

And when looking at modes separately, you may find that some develop the ideational metafunction more than others, and others the interpersonal. Multimodality requires the metafunctions to be rethought and not taken for granted. Key Figures, New Directions. Explorations metafunctionz the functions of language.

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Collected Works of M. Hallidayhalluday 1. London and New York: Kress, Gunther and van Leeuwen, Theo The Grammar of Visual Design.

The ideational metafunction is …concerned with the content of language [or any other mode], its function as a means of the expression of our experience, both of the external world and of the inner world of our own consciousness — together with what is perhaps a separate sub-component expressing certain basic logical relations Halliday In other words, it functions as …the mediator of role, including all that may be understood by the expression of our own personalities and personal feelings on the one hand, and forms of interaction meatfunctions social interplay with other participants in the communication situation on the other hand Halliday The textual metafunction …is the component that enables the speaker to organize what he is saying in such a way that it makes sense in the context and fulfils its function as a message Halliday Textual meaning is not realized by constituency or by prosodic structure: Halliday pays tribute to these scholars as follows: In a more recent publication, van Leeuwen discusses the principle of multi-metafunctionality in and across modes: Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

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