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Historical Discourse The Language of Time, Cause and Evaluation

by Caroline Coffin

Part of the Continuum Discourse Series

Historical Discourse The Language of Time, Cause and Evaluation Synopsis

'Coffin's functional linguistics perspective provides a rigorous and comprehensive analysis of the texts of secondary school history, both those that students read and those they need to learn to write. This is an original and welcome contribution to debates about how to develop students' historical understanding' - Professor Mary Schleppegrell, University of Michigan. 'This book makes a major contribution to the study of historical discourse and while it will be of interest to teachers of history, it will in addition be of considerable interest to those who work in discourse studies generally- linguists, applied linguists and educational linguists.' - Frances Christie, Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne and Honorary Professor, University of Sydney. Historical Discourse analyses the importance of the language of time, cause and evaluation in both texts which students at secondary school are required to read, and their own writing for assessment. In contrast to studies which have denied that history has a specialised language, Caroline Coffin demonstrates through a detailed study of historical texts, that writing about the past requires different genres, lexical and grammatical structures. In this analysis, language emerges as a powerful tool for making meaning in historical writing. Presupposing no prior knowledge of systemic functional linguistics, this insightful book will be of interest to researchers in applied linguistics and discourse analysis, as well as history educators.

Historical Discourse The Language of Time, Cause and Evaluation Press Reviews

'Coffin's functional linguistics perspective provides a rigorous and comprehensive analysis of the texts of secondary school history, both those that students read and those they need to learn to write. This is an original and welcome contribution to debates about how to develop students' historical understanding' Professor Mary Schleppegrell, University of Michigan 'This book makes a major contribution to the study of historical discourse and while it will be of interest to teachers of history, it will in addition be of considerable interest to those who work in discourse studies generally- linguists, applied linguists and educational linguists.' Frances Christie, Emeritus Professor, University of Melbourne and Honorary Professor, University of Sydney.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780826487766
Publication date: 11th December 2006
Author: Caroline Coffin
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd. an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Semantics, discourse analysis, etc, Historical & comparative linguistics,

About Caroline Coffin

Dr Caroline Coffin is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication at the Open University, UK.

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