Functional Discourse Grammar

Paperback | October 1, 2008

byKees Hengeveld, J. Lachlan Mackenzie

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This book is the first comprehensive presentation of Functional Discourse Grammar, a new and important theory of language structure. The authors set out its nature and origins and show how it relates to contemporary linguistic theory. They demonstrate and test its explanatory power anddescriptive utility against linguistic facts from over 150 languages across a wide range of linguistic families. After a full introduction the book is divided into chapters concerned with the four levels of grammatical representation - pragmatic, semantic, morphosyntactic, and phonological - each of which has its own hierarchical structure. Functional Discourse Grammar offers a thorough account of how the useand meaning of language influence linguistic form by conditioning two levels of formulation which feed into two levels of encoding, all with their own specific characteristics. The book offers an ideal introduction to the theory and its applications in typology and description for scholars inlinguistics and related fields from graduate students upwards.

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This book is the first comprehensive presentation of Functional Discourse Grammar, a new and important theory of language structure. The authors set out its nature and origins and show how it relates to contemporary linguistic theory. They demonstrate and test its explanatory power anddescriptive utility against linguistic facts from o...

Kees Hengeveld has been active in Functional Grammar for over twenty years. He is the author of Non-verbal Predication: theory, typology, diachrony (Berlin, 1992) and editor of Simon Dik's two-volume The Theory of Functional Grammar (Berlin, 1997). He is Professor of Theoretical Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. J. Lachl...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.14 inPublished:October 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199278113

ISBN - 13:9780199278114

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The Interpersonal Level3. The Representational Level4. The Morphosyntactic Level5. The Phonological LevelReferencesLanguage IndexName IndexSubject Index