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Book: Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar

Chapter: 8. Lexical Representation in the Cardiff Grammar: An Appraisal

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.34278


Gordon Tucker’s chapter evaluates lexical representation and description within the Cardiff model of Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG). It addresses the question of the extent to which grammatical and lexical organisation are interdependent within a framework that adopts Halliday’s notion of ‘lexis as most delicate grammar’, and whether available lexical choices are appropriately motivated. It also explores lexical phenomena emerging from corpus linguistic research, and whether the Cardiff Grammar can accommodate them. It concludes that whilst the Cardiff Grammar architecture is largely in place to represent such phenomena, much more work is needed in developing the lexical resource, motivating lexical choice and extending its descriptive coverage.

Chapter Contributors

  • Gordon Tucker ( - tucker) 'Cardiff University (retired)'