IJLLL 2018 Vol.4(3): 208-225 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2018.4.3.176

Transitivity Analysis of J. K. Rowling’s Commencement Address at Harvard University

Fengjie Li and Ran Tao
Abstract—The paper analyses J. K. Rowling’s Commencement Address at Harvard University from the perspective of functional linguistics. Halliday's Systemic-Functional Linguistics is considered as the analysis framework of this paper. This framework divides language function into three parts: ideational function, interpersonal function and textual function. The author analyses the discourse from the transitivity system of the ideational function which includes six processes. Through the analysis, it attempts to help readers to understand the features of the lecturer and the thematic meaning of this speech from a different angle.

Index Terms—Commencement address, process analysis, transitivity.

The authors are with Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, China (e-mail: taoran9178@163.com).

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Cite:Fengjie Li and Ran Tao, "Transitivity Analysis of J. K. Rowling’s Commencement Address at Harvard University," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 208-225, 2018.

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