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Examining interpersonal metaphor of modality in successful primary persuasive texts

To, V ORCID: 0000-0002-2698-3207 and Thomas, D ORCID: 0000-0001-6400-6901 2017 , 'Examining interpersonal metaphor of modality in successful primary persuasive texts', in P Chappell and J Knox (eds.), Transforming contexts: Papers from the 44th International Systemic Functional Congress , The Organising Committee of the 44th International Systemic Functional Congress, Wollongong, New South Wales, pp. 75-81 .

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Abstract

Lexical metaphor is a familiar aspect of persuasive writing instruction in Australian primaryschools. Another form of metaphor known as grammatical metaphor is far less commonlytaught in school contexts, despite considerable research that describes it is a key feature of more advanced academic texts. This short paper adopted analytical frameworks from systemic functional linguistics (SFL) to investigate how one type of grammatical metaphor—known as interpersonal metaphor of modality—was used by Tasmanian primary school students who wrote the 16 highest scoring persuasive texts for the 2011 National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) standardised writing test. The findings highlight how the high scoring primary school students used various types of interpersonal metaphor of modality to persuade readers, with particular differences across the Year 3 and Year 5 cohorts. The paper suggests that if primary school teachers teach their students about grammatical metaphor alongside lexical metaphor, this may assist young writers to better understand valued persuasive language features, and to make use of them in their writing.

Item Type: Conference Publication
Authors/Creators:To, V and Thomas, D
Keywords: Systemic Functional Linguistics, NAPLAN, Persuasive writing, Grammatical metaphor
Journal or Publication Title: Transforming contexts: Papers from the 44th International Systemic Functional Congress
Publisher: The Organising Committee of the 44th International Systemic Functional Congress
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