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Mon Aug 25 2003

Books: Functional/Systemic Ling: Butler

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  1. paul, Structure and Function Part 2: Butler

Message 1: Structure and Function Part 2: Butler

Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2003 13:34:38 +0000
From: paul <>
Subject: Structure and Function Part 2: Butler

Title: Structure and Function - A Guide to Three Major
 Structural-Functional Theories
Subtitle: Part 2: From clause to discourse and beyond
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 64
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins,
Book URL:
Availability: Available
Author: Christopher S. Butler, University of Wales, Swansea 

Hardback: ISBN: 1588113590, Pages: xiv, 579 pp., Price: USD 140.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027230722, Pages: xiv, 579 pp., Price: EUR 140.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1588113590, Pages: xiv, 579 pp., Price: USD 69.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9027230722, Pages: xiv, 579 pp., Price: EUR 70.00

Like its companion volume, this book offers a detailed description and
comparison of three major structural-functional theories: Functional
Grammar, Role and Reference Grammar and Systemic Functional Grammar,
illustrated throughout with corpus-derived examples from English and
other languages. Whereas Part 1 confines itself largely to the simplex
clause, Part 2 moves from the clause towards the discourse and its
context. The first three chapters deal with the areas of illocution,
information structuring (topic and focus, theme and rheme, given and
new information, etc.), and clause combining within complex
sentences. Chapter 4 examines approaches to discourse, text and
context across the three theories. The fifth chapter deals with the
learning of language by both native and non-native speakers, and
applications of the theories in stylistics, computational linguistics,
translation and contrastive studies, and language pathology. The final
chapter assesses the extent to which each theory attains the goals it
sets for itself, and then outlines a programme for the development of
an integrated approach responding to a range of criteria of
descriptive and explanatory adequacy.

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix 
Preface xi 
1. Illocution and related phenomena 1-60 
2. Information structure 61-182 
3. Complex sentences 183-301 
4. Discourse, text and context 303-398 
5. Learning and applying the grammar 399-449 
6. Functional Grammar, Role and Reference Grammar and Systemic
 Functional Grammar: A final assessment and some pointers to the
 future 451-500
References 501-536 
Name index 537-543 
Language index 545-547 
Subject index 549-576
Lingfield(s): Functional & Systemic Ling (Linguistic Theories)
		Linguistic Theories

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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