Skip to main content


Analysing English Grammar

16 March 2012

Good news from CUP, Analysing English Grammar should be on shelves in October 2012 or soon after. The description of the book is given below along with the contents.

book cover

Analysing English Grammar (CUP)

A practical step-by-step introduction to the analysis of English grammar, this book leaves the reader confident to tackle the challenges analyzing grammar may pose. The first textbook to take an integrated approach to function and structure in grammatical analysis, it allows students to build experience, skills and confidence in working with grammar. The innovative, hybrid approach combines an introduction to systemic functional theory with a solid grounding in grammatical structure. The book approaches grammar in an incremental way, enabling students to develop grammatical skill in stages. It is of particular value to those starting to work with functional grammar but it is also relevant for experienced readers who are interested in developing a more systematic approach to grammatical analysis.

  • The first textbook to take an integrated approach to function and structure in grammatical analysis
  • Includes a range of interesting worked examples and exercises to engage the student
  • Useful summaries and further reading sections are included at the end of each chapter


    1. Introduction to functional grammatical analysis
    1.1 Introduction
    1.2 Analyzing grammar within a functional framework
    1.3 An overview of systemic functional linguistics
    1.4 The goal of grammatical analysis
    1.5 Exercises
    1.6 Further Reading

    2 The units of language analysis
    2.1 Introduction
    2.2 The clause: elements and units
    2.3 Word and group classes
    2.4 An initial view of the clause: representing functions and structures
    2.5 Summary
    2.6 Exercises
    2.7 Further Reading

    3 The grammar of things: the nominal group
    3.1 Introduction to referring expressions
    3.2 The nominal group
    3.3 Tests for recognizing nominal group boundaries
    3.4 Worked example of the nominal group analysis
    3.5 Exercises
    3.6 Further Reading

    4 Representing experience
    4.1 Introduction
    4.2 Analysing experiential meaning
    4.3 Tests for analysing processes, participants and circumstances
    4.4 Functional-structural view of the experiential strand of meaning
    4.5 Summary
    4.6 Exercises
    4.7 Further Reading

    5 Orienting Language
    5.1 Introduction
    5.2 Goals and limitations of the chapter
    5.3 The role of subject and its place in the clause
    5.4 The Finite element
    5.5 Modality
    5.6 Polarity
    5.7 An interpersonal view of the clause
    5.8 Mood
    5.9 Summary
    5.10 Exercises
    5.11 Further Reading

    6 Organizing Language
    6.1 Introduction
    6.2 A Textual view of the clause
    6.3 Theme and Mood
    6.4 Types of Theme
    6.5 Thematic constructions
    6.6 Analysing Theme
    6.7 Texture
    6.8 Summary
    6.9 Exercises
    6.10 Further reading

    7 From text to clause
    7.1 Introduction
    7.2 Textual Themes and clause boundaries
    7.3 Combining clauses
    7.4 Identifying clause boundaries
    7.5 Summary
    7.6 Exercises
    7.7 Further Reading

    8 Guidelines for grammatical analysis
    8.1 A focus on written texts
    8.2 Summary of grammatical tests
    8.4 Summary
    8.5 Exercises
    8.6 Further Reading

    9 There and back again: interpreting the analysis
    9.1 Introduction
    9.2 Patterns of meaning in text
    9.3 Final remarks
    9.4 Exercises
    9.5 Further reading

    10 Answers to exercises