Genre, Ideology and Intertextuality

A Systemic Functional Perspective


  • James Martin Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia



Linguistics, Article


This paper considers the relationship among three hierarchies in systemic functional linguistics, realisation, instantiation and individuation, focussing on how these can be used to interpret genre, intertextuality and ideology. The discussion considers four related war stories, especially with respect to appraisal analysis, and argues that a complementarity of hierarchies is needed to interpret their variously interested readings.

Author Biography

James Martin, Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

J R Martin is Professor of Linguistics (Personal Chair) at the University of Sydney. His research interests include systemic theory, functional grammar, discourse semantics, register, genre, multimodality and critical discourse analysis, focussing on English and Tagalog - with special reference to the transdisciplinary fields of educational linguistics and social semiotics. Recent publications include The Language of Evaluation (with Peter White) Palgrave 2005 and Genre Realtions (with David Rose) Equinox 2006.


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How to Cite

Martin, J. (2008). Genre, Ideology and Intertextuality: A Systemic Functional Perspective. Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 2(2), 275–298.