A Study of Lyrics in Bob Dylan’s Music—-from the Perspective of Functional Grammar毕业论文
- Introduction… 1
- Bob Dylan‘s classic songs in the 1960s 1
- Necessity of the study 1
- Structure of the thesis… 2
- Demonstration 2
- Systematic functional grammar amp; interpersonal function… 2
- Aspects of interpersonal function 3
- Analysis 4
- Mood system in songs 4
- Modality system in songs 6
- Person system in songs 7
- Implications 9
- Conclusion 9
An Analysis of Lyrics of Bob Dylan’s Songs
—from the Perspective of Interpersonal Function
- Bob Dylan’s Classic Songs in the 1960s
In 2016, US folk singer Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. He received the price as a reward not only for his tremendous gift and sensitivity to poems, but also for his contribution to the civil rights movement in the world. In his musical works, he takes the form of poetry to expresses his concern of social problems. Three songs are selected for analysis in this paper. Blowin’ in the Wind is the creature of American civil-rights movement and Vietnam War, but he jumped out of the creative model of shouting slogans and made the protest more than the protest itself, inspiring people to reject authority, find themselves and seek true freedom. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall is one of the greatest protest songs in 1960s, Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 is the background of creating. Although he used this motivation to be the theme, his work is not just on the surface of critique of the nuclear war. He chose to write the consequence-a view of the world‘s end to let people reconsider their behaviors and complained about the human being‘s evilness. In Master of War, Bob Dylan complained about the cure of the war, meanwhile, he started to criticize the national power system and kept asking power holders how do they get right and money from war.
- Necessity of the Study
The song is kind of masses culture which is popular and deeply affects people. As one of the carriers of the song, lyrics can be used to express emotions. It‘s a unique form of art, and is regarded as a special spoken discourse. Up till the present moment, domestic scholars‘ research is mainly focused on fields of aesthetics, literature, etc. Correspondingly, there is less study on the lyrics from linguistic perspectives. So far study of the lyrics mainly has concentrated on the pronunciation
and grammar of lyrics in the field of linguistics, so there is little research about how lyrics affects the audience‘s view of things and feelings and interpersonal meaning which is expressed in the interaction. Systemic-functional grammar (SFG) is the theory of three meta-functions: ideational function, interpersonal function and textual function, which offer the theoretical framework for oral and written discourse analysis. The paper attempts to apply the theory of the SFG to analyze Bob Dylan‘s three classic works‘ interpersonal function, offering a new study perspective to deepen our understanding of social value orientation in the west. What‘s more, it helps the audience to grasp the connotation of the song, and then understand its influence on contemporary, and it provides the reference on how to transfer culture and feelings better.
- Structure of the Thesis
The paper firstly mainly discusses Halliday‘s systemic functional grammar, including its definition, connotation and function. Secondly, it introduces the explicit content of the interpersonal function theory and how to achieve interpersonal function. Analysis is the principal part of this paper. In order to reach the relationship between language selection and meaning expression in his songs, specific words and structure of lyrics are studied from three aspects: mood, modality and person system. At last, the results of the analysis summarized in the conclusion.
2.1 Systematic Functional Grammar (SFG) and Interpersonal Function