Typology of MOOD

a text-based and system-based functional view

Kazuhiro Teruya, Ernest Akerejola, Thomas H. Andersen, Alice Caffarel, Julia Lavid, Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen, Uwe Helm Petersen, Pattama Patpong, Flemming Smedegaard

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This chapter is a 'case study' in systemic functional typology: the principles of systemic functional typology are applied to propose generalisations about grammatical systems by means of which interactants exchange meanings in dialogue in different languages. Such systems for dialogic negotiation are known as mood systems. The generalisations proposed here are based on comprehensive, text-based and meaning-oriented systemic functional descriptions of a range of languages, six of which are sketched here (Oko, Spanish, French, Danish, Thai and Japanese), on descriptions couched in terms of other frameworks and typological accounts from the general typology literature. After a brief characterisation of systemic functional typology (Section 2), we will present certain generalisations about MOOD systems in different languages (Section 3) and then move on to illustrations from the six languages included in this chapter (Section 4).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContinuing discourse on language
Subtitle of host publicationa functional perspective
EditorsRuqaiya Hasan, Christian Matthiessen, Jonathan Webster
Place of PublicationLondon, UK
PublisherEquinox Publishing
ISBN (Print)1845531132
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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    Teruya, K., Akerejola, E., Andersen, T. H., Caffarel, A., Lavid, J., Matthiessen, C. M. I. M., ... Smedegaard, F. (2007). Typology of MOOD: a text-based and system-based functional view. In R. Hasan, C. Matthiessen, & J. Webster (Eds.), Continuing discourse on language: a functional perspective (Vol. 2, pp. 859-920). London, UK: Equinox Publishing.