A Functional Discourse Grammar for English

Paperback | February 11, 2015

byEvelien Keizer

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This is the first textbook on Functional Discourse Grammar, a recently developed theory of language structure which analyses utterances at four independent levels of grammatical representation: pragmatic, semantic, morphosyntactic and phonological. The book offers a very systematic and highlyaccessible introduction to the theory: following the top-down organization of the model, it takes the reader step-by-step though the various levels of analysis (from pragmatics down to phonology), while at the same time providing a detailed account of the interaction between these different levels.The many exercises, categorized according to degree of difficulty, ensure that students are challenged to use the theory in a creative manner, and invite them to test and evaluate the theory by applying it to the new data in various linguistic contexts.Evelien Keizer uses examples from a variety of sources to demonstrate how the theory of Functional Discourse Grammar can be used to analyse and explain the most important functional and formal features of present-day English. The book also contains examples from a wide variety of other typologicallydiverse languages, making it attractive not only to students of English linguistics but to anyone interested in linguistic theory more generally.

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This is the first textbook on Functional Discourse Grammar, a recently developed theory of language structure which analyses utterances at four independent levels of grammatical representation: pragmatic, semantic, morphosyntactic and phonological. The book offers a very systematic and highlyaccessible introduction to the theory: follo...

Evelien Keizer is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Vienna. Her main interest is in the interplay between the discourse-pragmatic, semantic, syntactic, and phonological properties of linguistic expressions. Her overall approach is a functional-cognitive one; more specifically she works within the framework of Functi...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.68 inPublished:February 11, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199571872

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Table of Contents

1. Why Functional Discourse Grammar?2. The general architecture of FDG3. The Interpersonal Level4. The Representational Level5. The Morphosyntactic Level6. The Phonological Level7. Sample representationsGlossaryList of languagesReferencesIndex