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Social Function
to describe the way things are, with a reference to a range of natural, man-made, and social
phenomena in our environment.

Generic Structure
 General Classification: tells what the phenomenon under discussion is.

 Description: tells what the phenomenon under discussion is like in terms of:

o Parts (and their functions)

o Qualities

o Habits or behaviours, if living; uses, if non-natural

Significant Lexico-grammatical Features


 Focus on generic participants

 Use of relational processes to state what is and that which it is

 Use of simple present tense (unless extinct)

 No temporal sequence