Predicates and predication

J. Lachlan MackenzieDaniel García Velasco
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This article presents the notions of predicate and predication from the viewpoint of Functional Grammar (FG; Dik 1997a, b). Although these are traditionally semantic notions, FG regards them as being above all instrumental in verbal interaction, on the basis of the conviction that pragmatics is the “all-encompassing framework within which semantics and syntax must be studied” (Dik 1997a: 8). Recent work in FG has given substance to this programmatic statement, leading to the elaboration of a Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG; Hengeveld 2002). This revised model seeks to capture the specific contributions made by pragmatics, semantics and syntax to the form of utterances in communication.

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