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Type: Conference paper
Title: The jazz is strong with this one: presentation and positioning of knowers in performance student texts
Author: Martin, J.
Citation: To boldly proceed: papers from the 39th International Systemic Functional Congress, held in Sydney, 16-20 July, 2012 / John S. Knox (ed.): pp.3-8
Publisher: ISFLA
Publisher Place: online
Issue Date: 2012
ISBN: 9780646582573
Conference Name: International Systemic Functional Congress (39th : 2012 : Sydney)
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Jodie Martin
Abstract: Jazz is frequently depicted as only accessible to ‘ideal knowers’, suggesting a hierarchical knower structure (Maton 2007, forthcoming). This paper uses various frameworks from Systemic Functional Linguistics including transitivity and appraisal theory (Hood, 2010; Martin & White, 2005) in combination with Specialisation from Legitimation Code Theory (Lamont & Maton, 2008, 2010; Maton, 2009, 2010) to investigate the representation of the writer, the reader, musicians and other musical knowers in the research projects of jazz honours performance students. The study has found that student writers construct their own authority as sensing knowers. They also position the reader as an equally musically and analytically literate participant. Musicians are validated as legitimate knowers and as worthy of research through their own exceptional qualities and through alignment with high status jazz musicians and key institutions and locations. This paper offers some insight into the structuring of knowers in the study of jazz, and the key linguistic resources for their depiction, suggesting further avenues for study of the discipline of music.
Keywords: Systemic functional linguistics
legitimation code theory
appraisal (systemic functional linguistics)
Rights: © Copyright lies with the authors, 2012
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