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Table 1 SFL metafunctions (ideational, interpersonal and textual meaning)

From: Embodied meaning: a systemic functional perspective on paralanguage

SFL metafunctions ‘function’ Kendon (2004: 158–159)
Ideational Construing reality Representational
Interpersonal Enacting social relations Pragmatic (modal, interactive, performative)
Textual Managing information flow Pragmatic (parsing)