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Second Applied Linguistics Webinar Session Held at TUMS

 

 

The second session of TUMS Applied Linguistics Webinar Series I was virtually held by the Department of Foreign Languages of Tehran University of Medical Sciences on 11 July, 2020.  The session, which was co-chaired by Dr. Yasin Yazdi, the director of the webinar series, and Dr. Enayat Shabani, the head of the department, was attended by participants from several countries. The keynote speaker was Professor Behrooz Azabdaftari, the emeritus Professor of Applied Linguistics at the Faculty of Persian Literature and Foreign Languages, Tabriz University, who talked about "Halliday's Transitivity in EFL Context." The speaker made a distinction between transitivity in its traditional sense, being a grammatical feature, and the concept of transitivity in Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), which is concerned with the mental processes involved in expressing life experiences. Three components of transitivity process, i.e., the process itself, participants in the process, as well as the circumstances associated with the process were touched upon. In the second part of the presentation, the speaker elaborated on the origin of different mental processes which lead to different verbal structures in natural languages. Giving numerous contrastive examples from the Farsi and English languages, he posed the following questions: 

1. What is the cause of differences in mental processes of speakers of different languages?

2. Why the same experiential event is verbally structured differently in these two languages?

 

In conclusion, drawing upon Vygotskian epistemology, the speaker argued that the mental processes underlying the verbal structures are basically affected/determined by socio-cultural/historical factors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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