Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Socio-Semantic Processes in Social Actors Representation: A Case Study of “Ya-Sin”

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies

The academic field of Qurʾānic Studies employs a wide range of approaches, each one of which helps to open up a new perspective on the Qurʾānic text. The Holy Book was revealed to guide people; it is thus of relevance to all aspects of people’s lives. This article focuses on the way social actors are represented in one Meccan sūra, entitled “Ya-Sin”, and employs a case-study approach to do so. The analysis carried out includes the socio-semantic processes that the sūra uses in order to represent social actors either by behavior (action) or meaning (reflection), and it also analyzes the actors as they are represented in processes such as activation and passivation. The methodology adopted is eclectic and analytic. It is a hybrid of Swales’ move analysis, El-Awa’s identification of shift-markers, and Halliday’s and Van Leeuwen’s theories of social actor representation. This study shows how such an analysis can contribute to understanding the apparently fragmented and non-linear nature of “Ya-Sin”.

Affiliations: 1: Department of English Literature, University of Neyshabur Neyshabur Iran


Full text loading...


Data & Media loading...

1. Atkinson Dwight Scientific Discourse in Socio-Historical Context: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Mahwah, NJ Lawrence Erlbaum 1999
2. Ayres Gael"“The Evolutionary Nature of Genre: An Investigation of the Short Texts Accompanying Research Articles in the Scientific Journal Nature.”" English for Specific Purposes Vol 27 2008 22 41 [Crossref]
3. Bazerman Charles Shaping Written Knowledge: The Genre and Activity of the Experimental Article in Science Madison, WI University of Wisconsin Press 1988
4. Berkenkotter Carol"“Genre Systems at Work: DSM-IV and Rhetorical Recontextualization in Psychotherapy Paperwork.”" Written Communication Vol 18 2001 326 247 [Crossref]
5. Bhatia Vijay"“Genre Analysis, ESP, and Professional Practice.”" English for Specific Purposes Vol 27 2008 161 174 [Crossref]
6. Devitt Amy J. Writing Genres Carbondale Southern Illinois University Press 2004
7. El-Awa Salwa M.S. Textual Relations in the Qurʾān: Relevance, Coherence and Structure London and New York Routledge 2006
8. Al-Ghazali Shaykh Muhammad A Thematic Commentary of the Qurʾan Shamis Ashur A. revised by Zaynab Alawiye Hendon The International Institute of Islamic Thought 2000
9. Graham William A., Kermani Navid"“Recitation and Aesthetic Reception.”" The Cambridge Companion to the Qurʾan McAuliffe Jane Dammen 115 141 Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2006 [Crossref]
10. Halliday M.A.K. Language as Social Semiotic: The Social Interpretation of Language and Meaning London Edward Arnold 1978
11. Halliday M.A.K. Spoken and Written English Geelong, Victoria Deakin University Press 1985
12. Halliday M.A.K., Hasan R. Cohesion in English London Longman 1976
13. Halliday M.A.K., Hasan R. Language, Context and Text: Aspects of Language in a Social Semiotic Perspective Geelong, Victoria Deakin University Press 1985
14. Halliday M.A.K., Matthiessen M.I.M. Halliday’s Introduction to Functional Grammar fourth edition Revised by M.I.M. Matthiessen London and New York Routledge 2014
15. Halliday M.A.K., McIntosh A., Stevens P. The Linguistic Sciences and Language Teaching London Longman 1964
16. Hart Christopher Discourse, Grammar and Ideology: Functional and Cognitive Perspectives London Bloomsbury 2014
17. Hyland Ken Disciplinary Discourses: Social Interactions in Academic Writing London Longman 2000
18. Khajehei Hassan, Shakarami Alireza"“An In-Depth Linguistic Analysis of the Thematic Connectivity in The Holy Quran.”" Academic Research International Vol 2 no. 2 2012 682 695
19. Jangda Šayḫ Abdul Nasir"Tafseer Sūrah 36 – Yaseen" Podcast Accessed June 6, 2016
20. Kuo Chih-Hu"“The Uses of Personal Pronouns: Role Relationships in Scientific Journal Articles.”" English for Specific Purposes Vol 18 1999 121 138 [Crossref]
21. Lumbard Joseph E.B. "“Introduction to Sūrat Ya Sin.”" The Study Quran Nasr S.H. , et al 1069 1085 New York HarperOne 2015
22. McAuliffe Jane Dammen The Cambridge Companion to the Qurʾan Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2007
23. Piamenta M. Islam in Everyday Arabic Speech Leiden Brill 1979
24. Rolnick Andrew"“Functional Grammar: Two Texts Analyzed for Different Audiences.”" Birmingham University of Birmingham MA TEFEL/TESL Open Distance Learning 2006
25. Samraj Betty, Monk Lenore"“The Statement of Purpose in Graduate Program Applications: Genre Structure and Disciplinary Variation.”" English for Specific Purposes Vol 27 2008 193 211 [Crossref]
26. Shirazi Ayatollah Dastghaib Heart of the Qurʾan: A Commentary to Sūrat al-Yasin Qum Ansariyan 1432/2009
27. Swales John Aspects of Article Introductions Birmingham LSU, Aston University 1981
28. Swales John Genre Analysis: English in Academic and Research Settings Cambridge Cambridge University Press 1990
29. Tardy Christian M., Swales John"“Genre Analysis.”" Pragmatics of Discourse Schneider K.P., Barron A. 165 187 Berlin De Gruyter 2014
30. Thompson Geoff, Yi Yiyun"“Evolution in the Reporting Verbs Used in Academic Papers.”" Applied Linguistics Vol 12 1991 365 382 [Crossref]
31. Van Leeuwen Theo Discourse and Practice: New Tools for Critical Discourse Analysis Oxford Oxford University Press 2008 [Crossref]
32. Van Mulken Margot, van der Meer Wouter"“ ‘Are You Being Served?’ A Genre Analysis of American and Dutch Company Replies to Customer Inquiries.”" English for Specific Purposes Vol 24 2005 93 109 [Crossref]
33. White P. Functional Grammar Birmingham The University of Birmingham Centre for English Language Studies 2000
34. Yeung Lorrita"“In Search of Commonalities: Some Linguistic and Rhetorical Features of Business Reports as a Genre.”" English for Specific Purposes Vol 26 2007 156 179 [Crossref]
35. Yusuf Ali A. The Holy Quran (Qurʾān) Medina King Fahad Holy Quran Printing Complex 1987

Article metrics loading...



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Al-Bayan: Journal of Qur'an and Hadith Studies — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation