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Book: System and Corpus

Chapter: How to handle lexical semantics in SFL: a corpus study of purposes for using size adjectives

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.19148


This paper presents an attempt to study uses of size adjectives in English, German and Russian in their relationship to the communicative intentions of the speaker. The paper starts with a list of size adjectives to be studied and problems with their descriptions in existing studies. Then, I will present the systemic network for describing the uses of the size adjectives in texts and the trinocular view on the lexical network: ‘from around’, ‘from above’ and ‘from below’. Finally, I will discuss types of translation equivalence and differences between translations, when uses are described by means of the lexical network.

Chapter Contributors

  • Serge Sharoff ( - sharoff) 'University of Leeds'