Functional Descriptions

Theory in practice

| Macquarie University
| Macquarie University
| Macquarie University
ISBN 9789027236241 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
ISBN 9781556195754 (USA) | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027276308 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
This volume focuses on the relation between theory and description by examining aspects of transitivity in different languages. Transitivity — or case grammar, to use the popular term — has always occupied a centre-stage position in linguistics, not least because of its supposedly privileged relation to states of affairs in the real world. Using a systemic functional perspective, the ten papers in this volume make a contribution to this scholarship by focusing on the transitivity patterns in language as the expression of the experiential metafunction. Through a study of different languages — English, Dutch, German, Finnish, Chinese and Pitjantjatjara — the contributors provide functional descriptions of the various categories of process, their participants and circumstances, including phenomena such as di-transitivity, causativity, the get-passive, etc. With the relation between theories and descriptions running through the ten chapters of this volume as sometimes an overt and sometimes a covert theme, the chapters point to the nature of the linguistic fact which is linked ineluctably on the one hand to the nature of the theory and on the other to the speakers’ experience of the world in which they live.
The majority of papers included in the volume derive from the 19th International Systemic Functional Congress at Macquarie University.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 121]  1996.  xxxvi, 381 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
About the Authors
Theories, Maps and Descriptions: An Introduction
On Grammar and Grammatics
M.A.K. Halliday †
On the Idea of Theory-neutral Descriptions
Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen and Christopher Nesbitt
Ditransitivity and Possession
Kristin Davidse
So Grammarians Haven’t the Faintest Idea?: Reconciling grammar and lexis in a systemic functional model of language
Gordon H. Tucker
The Semantics of Get-passives
Angela Downing
Causation in Dutch and French: Interpersonal aspects
Liesbeth Degand
Process Types in Finnish: Implicate order, covert categories, and prototypes
Susanna Shore
The Complement in Chinese Grammar: A functional reinterpretation
Edward McDonald
Pitjantjatjara Processes: An Australian experiential grammar
David Rose
Metalinguistic Diversity: The case from case
J.R. Martin
Cited by

Cited by 2 other publications

Gómez-González, María Ángeles
2001. Some reflections on Systemic Functional Grammar: With a focus on Theme. <i>WORD</i> 52:1  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Vandepitte, Sonia
2002.  In Handbook of Pragmatics,  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 18 january 2022. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.

Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  96019286 | Marc record