Term

Spring 5-14-2015

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAESL

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Kathryn Heinze

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Bonnie Swierzbin

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Linda O’Malley

Abstract

The research questions addressed in this text analysis are: What are the forms and functions of sentence initial adverbials?, What is the frequency of each?, and What is their relationship in the second grade Mondo language arts curriculum book Up and Away! Taking a Flight? This study investigates, classifies, quantifies, describes, and analyzes sentence initial adverbials with the goal of increasing linguistic understanding of the forms and functions of this language structure. The guiding principles of Schleppergrall’s functional language analysis discussed in The Language of Schooling: A Functional Linguistics Perspective and Halliday’s systemic functional linguistics were employed to analyze the text in this capstone. The author presents the statistical data, discusses the major findings, and suggests a variety of teaching implications for appropriate language objectives indicated by the linguistic features found in the book.

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