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Mon Jul 7 2003

Books: Functional & Systemic Ling: Butler

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  1. paul, Structure and Function: Butler

Message 1: Structure and Function: Butler

Date: Thu, 03 Jul 2003 11:12:12 +0000
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Subject: Structure and Function: Butler

Title: Structure and Function: A Guide to Three Major
 Structural-Functional Theories
Subtitle: Part 1: Approaches to the simplex clause
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 63
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,		 
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Author: Christopher S. Butler, University of Wales, Swansea 

Hardback: ISBN: 9027230692, Pages: xx, 573 pp., Price: EUR 140.00
Hardback: ISBN: 1588113566, Pages: xx, 573 pp., Price: USD 140.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1588113574, Pages: xx, 573 pp., Price: USD 69.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9027230706, Pages: xx, 573 pp., Price: EUR 70.00

This book and its companion volume present a detailed guide to three
major structural-functional theories: Functional Grammar, Role and
Reference Grammar and Systemic Functional Grammar. This first volume
provides the necessary background through a discussion of the
characteristics of functional theories, followed by a brief analysis
of six approaches to language in the light of this discussion. These
chapters lead to a characterization of a smaller set of
'structural-functional grammars', among which FG, RRG and SFG are
central. An overview of each of these theories in relation to the
simplex clause is then presented, followed by a more critical
comparison. The remainder of the book deals with the structure and
meaning of phrasal units, the representation of situations, and the
treatment of tense, aspect, modality and polarity, across the three
theories. A major feature of the book is the use of examples from
corpora of English and other languages, which serve not only to
exemplify theoretical and descriptive claims, but also at times to
challenge them.

Table of contents

Acknowledgements xiii 
Preface xv 
1. Functionalist approaches to language 1-31 
2. Functionalism, structural functionalism and structural-functional
 grammars: An examination of six approaches to language 33-62
3. The clause in Functional Grammar: An introduction 63-117 
4. The clause in Role and Reference Grammar: An introduction 119-151 
5. The clause in Systematic Functional Grammar: An introduction
6. An interim critical comparison of approaches 199-249 
7. The structure and meaning of phrasal units 251-336 
8. Representing situations 337-448 
9. Temporality, aspectuality, modality and polarity 449-509 
References 511-534 
Name index 535-539 
Language index 541-542 
Subject index 543-570

Lingfield(s): Functional & Systemic Ling (Linguistic Theories)
		Linguistic Theories
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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