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

By Robin P. Fawcett

This e-book describes and evaluates replacement methods inside of Systemic sensible Linguistics (SFL) to representing the constitution of language on the point of shape. It assumes no previous wisdom of SFL, and will as a result be learn as an advent to present matters in the thought. 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 replacement methods inside of Halliday’s personal writings and the emergence of the “Cardiff Grammar” in its place to the “Sydney Grammar”. It questions the theoretical prestige of the ‘multiple constitution’ representations in Halliday’s influential Introduction to practical Grammar (1994), demonstrating that Halliday’s version also wishes an integrating syntax corresponding to that defined partly 2.
Part 2 specifies and discusses the set of ‘categories’ and ‘relationships’ which are wanted in a idea of syntax for a contemporary, computer-implementable systemic sensible grammar. The theoretical recommendations are exemplified at each aspect, frequently from English yet sometimes from different languages.
The publication is either a critique of Halliday’s present thought of syntax and the presentation of an alternate model of SFL that's both systemic and both useful.

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2 of Chapter 10. INTRODUCTION 5 refer to hereafter as "a modern SF grammar"). We shall come to the questions of what it means for a grammar to be systemic and functional in Chapters 3 and 4 respectively. Here I wish to explain what I mean by a "modern, largescale grammar". Firstly, such a grammar should be capable of providing a descriptive framework of a language that can be used for the large-scale analysis of texts. , as described in Butler (1985), Fawcett & Young (1987) and Butler (1993b). However, text analysis can also be undertaken simply as the exploration of the nature of language, as a source of information for the construction of models of language.

We shall find that there are a number of theoretical problems with IFG which need to be addressed if we are to develop an adequate theory of syntax for a modern SF grammar. Part 1 of the present book therefore also functions as a friendly critique of that work from within a framework of shared basic assumptions. However, the argument that I shall present here concludes with a demonstration that the representations in IFG cannot serve as the 'final' representation at the level of form, and that this fact requires us to reconsider the theoretical status of the 'multiple structure' representations in IFG itself — and so in the many derived works.

Halliday's first distinction is in fact between two broad types of structure that he calls "univariate" and "multivariate" structures. A "multivariate" struct10. Benson and Greaves (1973) acknowledge their debt to Michael Gregory's English Patterns, an excellent Scale and Category Grammar of English that was widely circulated in photocopied form but which unfortunately never reached full publication. SCALE & CATEGORY GRAMMAR 27 ure is simply a unit that is composed of one or more of a set of different elements of structure, such as a clause or a nominal group, essentially as distinguished in "Categories" and as recognized here.

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