A Theory of Syntax for Systemic Functional Linguistics by Robin P. Fawcett PDF

By Robin P. Fawcett

ISBN-10: 9027237131

ISBN-13: 9789027237132

This ebook describes and evaluates substitute ways inside of Systemic sensible Linguistics (SFL) to representing the constitution of language on the point of shape. It assumes no past wisdom of SFL, and will as a result be learn as an creation to present concerns in the idea. it is going to curiosity any linguist who takes a useful method of figuring out language.
Part 1 summarizes the main advancements within the 40 years of SFL’s background, together with substitute methods inside of Halliday’s personal writings and the emergence of the “Cardiff Grammar” as a substitute to the “Sydney Grammar”. It questions the theoretical prestige of the ‘multiple constitution’ representations in Halliday’s influential Introduction to sensible Grammar (1994), demonstrating that Halliday’s version also wishes an integrating syntax resembling that defined partially 2.
Part 2 specifies and discusses the set of ‘categories’ and ‘relationships’ which are wanted in a thought of syntax for a contemporary, computer-implementable systemic sensible grammar. The theoretical ideas are exemplified at each aspect, frequently from English yet sometimes from different languages.
The e-book is either a critique of Halliday’s present concept of syntax and the presentation of an alternate model of SFL that's both systemic and both sensible.

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Io Here I shall foreground four concepts that were proposed in this period as additions to the "Categories" framework, each of which is of interest to us in the task of constructing a modern theory of SF syntax. The first two concepts are a pair of ideas that have come to play a major role in Halliday's later model of grammar — and especially in the framework that he uses for analyzing text-sentences in IFG. These are 'parataxis' and 'hypotaxis'. , 'hypotaxis' — will have no role to play in the framework presented here.

Ranged may be called 'rank'" (1961/76:58). , it allows a unit such as a clause to occur at an element where, in the unmarked case, a lower unit such as a group or a word would occur]. , a word cannot function directly as an element of a clause. , Hudson 1971 and Fawcett 1973/81). Indeed, the value of the concept of the 'rank scale' will be strongly challenged in Part 2, and an alternative approach will be proposed that modifies the original 'rank scale' principle so fundamentally that it is effectively a proposal for a new way of thinking about relations between units.

Ranged may be called 'rank'" (1961/76:58). , it allows a unit such as a clause to occur at an element where, in the unmarked case, a lower unit such as a group or a word would occur]. , a word cannot function directly as an element of a clause. , Hudson 1971 and Fawcett 1973/81). Indeed, the value of the concept of the 'rank scale' will be strongly challenged in Part 2, and an alternative approach will be proposed that modifies the original 'rank scale' principle so fundamentally that it is effectively a proposal for a new way of thinking about relations between units.

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