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The M.A.K. Halliday Library Functional Linguistics Series

Understanding Verbal Art

A Functional Linguistic Approach

Authors: Webster, Jonathan

  • Demonstrates how linguistic analysis reveals the resources at work in making meaning in verbal art
  • Explores how the poet Edwin Thumboo combines grammar and metaphor to make meaning and the basis for his unique technique
  • Reveals the accumulated wealth of creative genius by mining the depths of pattern and layering in poetry
  • Includes poems that draw on the multi-cultural character of Asia, including Muslim, Christian, Hindu and Taoist references
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About this book

This book applies linguistic analysis to the poetry of Emeritus Professor Edwin Thumboo, a Singaporean poet and leading figure in Commonwealth literature. The work explores how the poet combines grammar and metaphor to make meaning, making the reader aware of the linguistic resources developed by Thumboo as the basis for his unique technique.

The author approaches the poems from a functional linguistic perspective, investigating the multiple layers of meaning and metaphor which go into producing these highly textured, grammatically intricate works of verbal art. The approach is based on Systematic Functional Theory, which assists with investigating how the poet uses language (grammar) to craft his text, in a playful way that reflects a love of the language. The multilingual and multicultural experiences of the poet are seen to have contributed to his uniquely creative use of language.

This work demonstrates how Systematic Functional Theory, with its emphasis on exploring the semogenic (meaning-making) power of language, provides the handle we need to better understand poetic works as intentional acts of meaning.

The verbal art of Edwin Thumboo illustrate Barthes' point that "Bits of code, formulae, rhythmic models, fragments of social languages, etc. pass into the text and are redistributed within it, for there is always language before and around the text."

With a focus on meaning, this functional analysis of poetry offers an insightful look at the linguistic basis of Edwin Thumboo's poetic technique. The work will appeal to scholars with an interest in linguistic analysis and poetry from the Commonwealth and new literatures, and it is also well suited to support courses on literary stylistics or text linguistics.

About the authors

Prof. Jonathan Webster is currently Director of The Halliday Centre for Intelligent Applications of Language Studies at the City University of Hong Kong. He previously taught at the National University of Singapore before coming to Hong Kong in 1987. His research areas include text linguistics and computational linguistics. He is the Editor of the eleven volume Collected Works of M.A.K. Halliday published by Bloomsbury Books (London).

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eBook $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-642-55019-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-642-55018-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $109.99
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: August 31, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-662-51526-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Verbal Art
Book Subtitle
A Functional Linguistic Approach
Authors
Series Title
The M.A.K. Halliday Library Functional Linguistics Series
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-55019-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-55019-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-55018-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-51526-6
Series ISSN
2198-9869
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 130
Number of Illustrations
39 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
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