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Title: An Introduction to the Grammar of Old English
Subtitle: A Systemic Functional Approach
Written By: Michael Cummings
Series Title: Functional Linguistics

This book applies the techniques of systemic functional grammar to the
description of the Old English historical dialect, 650-1150 CE. Systemic
functional grammar is an approach to the description of language which
distinguishes three separate functions in communication: language as
representation, language as attitude, and language as the construction of
text. Most applications of systemic functional theory have concentrated on
modern English. This book is the first comprehensive description of the Old
English dialect on systemic functional principles. The book begins with an
outline of systemic functional grammatical theory. It then describes the Old
English clause with a separate grammar for each of the three general
functions it serves, the representational, the attitudinal, and the text-
formative. Other areas covered include structures and functions within
nominal, verbal and adverbial groups; relationships among clauses;
embedding; and cohesion. The book is thus designed to suit the needs of
systemic functional grammarians who are interested in the historical
development of the English language. It is also designed for students of Old
English who are looking for ways of explaining the grammatical system of Old
English on terms other than those of traditional grammar.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English, Old
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781845533632
Pages: 184
Prices: U.K. £ 60

Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781845533649
Pages: 184
Prices: U.K. £ 25