Linguistics Essay

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Invitation to Systemic Functional Linguistics the Cardiff Grammar as an extension and simplification of Halliday’s Systemic Functional Grammar (second edition) Robin P. Fawcett Invitation to Systemic Functional Linguistics the Cardiff Grammar as an extension and simplification of Halliday’s Systemic Functional Grammar (second edition) Robin P. Fawcett Research Professor, Cardiff University Centre for Language and Communication Research Cardiff University Cardiff UK Contents Preface to Second Edition 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Introduction: where this book comes from The place of syntactic structure in an overall model of language Introducing TRANSITIVITY and MOOD: a simple example Exploring criteria for establishing reliable Guidelines Introducing the Subject Test Elements, words and units: keeping things simple Conflating the Main Verb with the Operator (O/M): the special case of 'being' The Auxiliary Verbs: a brief introduction Improving the Subject Test: introducing forms of do iii 1 5 9 17 19 23 25 29 31 35 43 47 59 61 10 More on TRANSITIVITY: Participants as Subjects and Complements 11 A brief outline of some other aspects of clause structure 12 The Guidelines for clause analysis 13 Final Analysis Task 14 Conclusions Appendix 1: A systemic functional grammar for some of the structures presented here 69 Appendix 2: A summary of English syntax for the text analyst References 71 77 List of Figures Figure 1: a simple model of any sign system Figure 2: the core components of a simplified systemic functional grammar Figure 3: the relations of Process and Main Verb Figure 4: The TRANSITIVITY in Example 1 Figure 5: The MOOD in Example 1 Figure 6: Two major functions of language and two types of clause meaning Figure 7: TRANSITIVITY and MOOD in Example 1 Figure 8: The full clause analysis of Example 1 Figure 9: The clause analysis of Examples

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