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Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar

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This volume brings together contributions to a key area of interest within the framework of systemic functional linguistics and this concerns the role of meaning in the lexicogrammar. A key figure in the debate on this role is Robin Fawcett who has long argued for a fully semantic lexicogrammar where the relevant systems are seen as representing ‘choices between meanings’. This volume, a festschrift in honour of Fawcett’s long-standing contribution to the field, raises important questions related to lexicogrammatical meaning within systemic functional linguistics by examining the meaning-form interface, lexicogrammatical meaning in theme and transitivity, as well as lexis, intonation and its role in computational models. Importantly, discussions in the volume also explore the relationship between alternative approaches to systemic functional lexicogrammar, notably between the Hallidayan model and the Cardiff Grammar model developed primarily by Robin Fawcett.

Published: Oct 1, 2018

Book Contributors


Section Chapter Authors
Chapter 1
Finding Complementarity in the Approaches of Halliday and Fawcett Jonathan Webster
Chapter 2
Relating Form and Meaning: A Comparison of the Cardiff Grammar with Other Functional and/or Cognitive/constructionist Approaches Christopher Butler
Chapter 3
Are we Still Speaking the Same Language? Comparing the Cardiff and Sydney "Dialects" of SFL as Applied to the Description of Chinese Edward McDonald
Chapter 4
Models - Predictions - Data: An (Un)problematic Relationship? Erich Steiner
Chapter 5
Computational Approaches in the Cardiff School Mick O'Donnell
Chapter 6
On the Meaning-form Interface of Cardiff Grammars Victor Castel
Chapter 7
On Existentials and Location Kristin Davidse
Chapter 8
A Construction of the Chinese Transitivity System Wei He
Chapter 9
Lexical Representation in the Cardiff Grammar: An Appraisal Gordon Tucker
Chapter 10
Referring and the Nominal Group in the Cardiff Grammar Lise Fontaine
Chapter 11
The Relationship Between Form and Meaning: A Functional Analysis of ‘She made him a good husband’ and ‘She made him a good wife’ Within the Framework of the Cardiff Grammar Huang Guowen
Chapter 12
Subject Theme in Informal Spoken English Margaret Berry
Chapter 13
Quantifying Things: The ‘Quantifying Modifier’ and its Raising Construction in Japanese Hiroshi Funamoto
Chapter 14
Negation in Japanese: A New Treatment of Process Types in Japanese with a Focus on ‘nai’ in the Kyoto Grammar Approach Masaaki Tatsuki
Chapter 15
Intonation and Categories of Meaning Paul Tench