Wednesday, 8 February 2017

David Rose Misunderstanding The Trinocular Perspective

If a genre is a cultural pattern, is there an agnate term for a pattern used by an individual (perhaps group)? A term like 'genre', but for an individual? 
I don't mean 'text' (which is an instance). I mean an instance-generating pattern (or oft-instantiated pattern) that recurs across time and space that is used by an individual (perhaps (small) group), but that is not (necessarily) culture-wide. 

David Rose replied on the sys-func and sysfling lists on 8 February 2017 at 17:26:
Have a look at Martin 2006 on instantiation/individuation
Martin, J R 2006 Genre, ideology and intertextuality: a systemic functional perspective. Linguistics and the Human Sciences 2(2), 275-298. 
Need to separate stratification from individuation
reservoir:repertoire refers to individuation 
from ‘above’ a cultural reservoir is a system of genres, of which groups and individuals control subsets 
from ‘below’ a language may include a set of dialects, of which groups and individuals speak subsets 
partial answer

Blogger Comments:

[1] As demonstrated by the many analyses here and the detailed critique here, Martin does not understand the theoretical dimension of instantiation.

[2] This misunderstands the trinocular perspective.  'From above' means looking at a stratum from the perspective of what it realises on the stratum above, and 'from below' means looking at a stratum from the perspective of how it is realised on the stratum below.  The highest stratum, context, cannot be viewed 'from above'.  Dialects are variants of the linguistic system according to user, and thus do not constitute a stratal view 'from below'.

[3] This is Martin's model of context, which confuses diatypic varieties of language, registers/genres, with the culture as a semiotic system whose expression plane is language (and other semiotic modes of the same level of symbolic abstraction).  See any of the many critiques of Martin's genre here and context here.

[4] This is not even a partial answer to the query.  It doesn't address the question and merely tells the questioner what he already knows.