Contextual functions of predicated themes in written text: Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) as dialogue with Apartheid South Africa

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Título: Contextual functions of predicated themes in written text: Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) as dialogue with Apartheid South Africa
Autor/es: Martínez Lirola, María | Smith, Bradley
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Análisis Crítico del Discurso Multimodal (ACDM)
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Filología Inglesa
Palabras clave: Predicated themes | Systemic functional linguistics | Context | Culture | Text | Paton, Alan
Área/s de conocimiento: Filología Inglesa
Fecha de publicación: 2010
Editor: Masaryk University in Brno. Department of English and American Studies
Cita bibliográfica: MARTÍNEZ LIROLA, María; SMITH, Bradley. “Contextual functions of predicated themes in written text: Alan Paton’s Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) as dialogue with Apartheid South Africa”. Brno Studies in English. Vol. 36, No. 1 (2010). ISSN 0524-6881, pp. 103-121
Resumen: In this article we pay attention to the relations between atext and its social context: our text is the novel Cry, the Beloved Country (1948), written by the South African writer Alan Paton. Our contention is it was only in anovel that one could offer the sort of meanings that Paton was offering in that particular historical period, that context of culture. We make use of the Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) theory of language for our purpose, atheory that makes explicit the relations between language systems and structures, and their use as resources for social interaction. Our study involves consideration of the SFL theoretical framework as away into the examination of the use of predicated Themes and in terms of the relations of their use to aspects of the social context of the novel. We conclude that Paton’s use of predicated Themes allows him to not only make the text amore coherent unit – atext – and to make amore authentic representation of character dialogue, but more importantly allows him to make amore interactive textual engagement with the reader.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10045/16237
ISSN: 0524-6881
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Revisión científica: si
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