Functional Perspectives on Grammar and Discourse

In honour of Angela Downing

Editors
| University of Wales, Swansea
| Universidad Complutense, Madrid
| Universidad Complutense, Madrid
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This book, a tribute to Angela Downing, consists of twenty papers taking a broadly functional perspective on language, with topics ranging from the general (grammar as an evolutionary product, text comprehension, integrative linguistics) to particular aspects of the grammars of languages (Bulgarian, English, Icelandic, Spanish, Swedish). The more specific papers are sequenced according to Halliday’s division into ideational, textual and interpersonal aspects of the grammar, and cover a wide range of areas, including aspect, argument structure, noun phrase/nominal group structure and nominalisations, pronominal clitics, theme in relation to writing skills, discourse structures and markers, the role of attention in conversation, the functions of topic, phatic communion, subjectification, formulaic language and modality. A recurrent theme in the volume is the use of corpus materials in order to base functional descriptions on authentic productions. Overall, the volume constitutes a panoramic but nevertheless detailed view of some important current trends in functional linguistics.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 85]  2007.  xxx, 481 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Contributors
ix–xiv
Editorial introduction
Christopher S. Butler, Raquel Hidalgo Downing and Julia Lavid-López
xvii–xxv
Publications of Angela Downing
xxvii–xxx
Grammar as an adaptive evolutionary product
T. Givón
1–40
Towards a cognitive-functional model of text comprehension
Christopher S. Butler
41–80
Towards an integrational approach in linguistics
Andrei Stoevsky
81–96
Expressing past habit in English and Swedish: A corpus-based contrastive study
Bengt Altenberg
97–128
Do cognate and circumstantial complements of intransitive verbs form one ‘Range’?: A corpus-based discussion
Kathleen Rymen and Kristin Davidse
129–148
The unconscious, irresponsible construction in Modern Icelandic
Enrique Bernárdez
149–164
Modelling ‘selection’ between referents in the English nominal group: An essay in scientific inquiry in linguistics
Robin P. Fawcett
165–204
Problems in NP structure: An example from British tabloid journalism
Eirian C. Davies
205–216
Double-possessive nominalizations in English
J. Lachlan Mackenzie
217–232
Pragmatics, word order and cross-reference: Some issues with pronominal clitics in Bulgarian
Svilen B. Stanchev
233–256
Patterns of multiple theme and their role in developing English writing skills
Mike Hannay
257–278
Interactive solution-problems: A set of structures in general and scientific writing
Michael P. Jordan
279–300
The English Contrastive Discourse Marker instead
Bruce Fraser
301–312
Global and local attention in task-oriented conversation: An empirical investigation
Julia Lavid-López
313–326
Metadiscursive and interpersonal values of pronominal topics in spoken Spanish
Raquel Hidalgo Downing and Laura Hidalgo-Downing
327–348
Phatic communion and small talk in fictional dialogues
Ludmila Urbanova
349–358
Mister so-called X: Discourse functions and subjectification of so-called
Lieven Vandelanotte
359–394
‘Sorry to muddy the waters’: Accounting for speech act formulae and formulaic variation in a systemic functional model of language
Gordon H. Tucker
395–418
The discourse functionality of adjectival and adverbial epistemic expressions: Evidence from present-day English
Anne-Marie Simon-Vandenbergen and Karin Aijmer
419–446
Modality across World Englishes: The modals and semi-modals of prediction and volition
Peter Collins
447–468
Name index
469–472
Subject index
473–480
Language index
481
Subjects
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007060661 | Marc record