A Theory of Syntax for Systemic Functional Linguistics

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This book describes and evaluates alternative approaches within Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) to representing the structure of language at the level of form. It assumes no prior knowledge of SFL, and can therefore be read as an introduction to current issues within the theory. It will interest any linguist who takes a functional approach to understanding language.
Part 1 summarizes the major developments in the forty years of SFL’s history, including alternative approaches within Halliday’s own writings and the emergence of the “Cardiff Grammar” as an alternative to the “Sydney Grammar”. It questions the theoretical status of the ‘multiple structure’ representations in Halliday’s influential Introduction to Functional Grammar (1994), demonstrating that Halliday’s model additionally needs an integrating syntax such as that described in Part 2.
Part 2 specifies and discusses the set of ‘categories’ and ‘relationships’ that are needed in a theory of syntax for a modern, computer-implementable systemic functional grammar. The theoretical concepts are exemplified at every point, usually from English but occasionally from other languages.
The book is both a critique of Halliday’s current theory of syntax and the presentation of an alternative version of SFL that is equally systemic and equally functional.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 206]  2000.  xxviii, 360 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
v
An invitation
vii
List of figures
xiv
Preface
xv
Preface to the 2010 paperback edition
xxv–xxviii
1 Introduction
PART 1: PROLEGOMENON TO THE THEORY
2 SFL’s original theory of syntax: Scale and Category Grammar
15
3 The place of syntax in a modern Systemic Functional Grammar
33
4 Halliday’s later changes to the Scale and Category model
45
5 Syntax in a generative systemic functional grammar
77
6 The major concepts of An Introduction to Functional Grammar
95
7 The problem of the representations in IFG (and an alternative approach)
107
8 “Some proposals for systemic syntax”
159
PART 2: THE NEW THEORY
9 A theory of syntax potential
171
10 A new theory of instances of syntax: (1) the categories of syntax
187
11 A new theory of instances of syntax: (2) the relationships between ‘categories’
233
12 Summary, conclusions and prospects
273
Appendix A: A fragment of a generative systemic functional grammar
297
Appendix B: A summary of English syntax for the text analyst
303
Appendix C: The ‘rank scale’ debate
309
References
339
Index
353
“Publications from the 'Cardiff' grammar, [...] for which Fawcett is largely responsible, are fascinating and rewarding: a fruitful fusion of theorizing and pragmatism [and] a pointer to important developments in the linguistics of the next millennium.”
“Like most linguistic theories, Systemic Functional Linguistics comes in various flavours. Undoubtedly the two most influential varieties [...] are what we may call the Sydney and Cardiff approaches, the first [...] being associated with Halliday and his colleagues in Australia, and the second with the team headed by Robin Fawcett at Cardiff University. Fawcett's new book is especially welcome because [it] offers a [...] convincing critique of many fundamental concepts in Halliday's work and presents a set of proposals which avoid the problems which have been identified. His book, written in the spirit of constructive criticism, offers a considerable challenge to the Sydney grammarians: it remains to be seen whether this challenge will be taken up.”
“If SFG is to occupy the place which some linguists would say it deserves, its postulates should be subjected to fair public scrutiny. This is just what [this] book does.”
“[E]xactly what Systemic Functional Linguistics has been needing for a very long time — a reasoned account of its development and of the differences between its two major variants.”
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
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