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Title: Language Typology
Subtitle: A functional perspective
Edited By: Alice Caffarel
James R. Martin
Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CILT%20253
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 253
Description:

This book is intended as a systemic functional contribution to language typology both for those who would like to understand and describe particular languages against the background of generalizations about a wide range of languages and also for those who would like to develop typological accounts that are based on and embody descriptions of the systems of particular languages (rather than isolated constructions). The book is a unique contribution in at least two respects. On the one hand, it is the first book based on systemic functional theory that is specifically concerned with language typology. On the other hand, the book combines the particular with the general in the description of languages: it presents comparable sketches of particular languages while at the same time identifying generalizations based on the languages described here as well as on other languages.

The volume explores eight languages, covering seven language families:
French, German, Pitjantjatjara, Tagalog, Telugu, Vietnamese, Chinese, and
Japanese.


Table of contents

List of contributors ix
Foreword xi
1. Introduction: Systemic functional typology
Alice Caffarel, J.R. Martin and Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen 1–76
2. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of French
Alice Caffarel 77–137
3. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of German
Erich Steiner and Elke Teich 139–184
4. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of Japanese
Kazuhiro Teruya 185–254
5. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of Tagalog
J.R. Martin 255–304
6. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of Chinese
M.A.K. Halliday and Edward McDonald 305–396
7. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of Vietnamese
Minh Duc Thai 397–431
8. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of Telugu
V. Prakasam 433–478
9. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of Pitjantjatjara
David Rose 479–536
10. Descriptive motifs and generalizations
Christian M.I.M. Matthiessen 537–673
Index 675–700

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology
Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin
French
German
Japanese
Pitjantjatjara
Telugu
Tagalog
Vietnamese
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