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An Introduction to the Grammar of Old English
A Systemic Functional Approach
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.
Chapter 1. Synopsis of Systemic Functional Grammar.
Chapter 2. The Old English Clause from the Interpersonal Perspective
Chapter 3. The Old English Clause from the Experiential Perspective
Chapter 4. The Old English Clause from the Textual Perspective
Chapter 5. Old English Groups and Phrases
Chapter 6. Complexes of Clauses, Groups and Words
Chapter 7. Beyond the Cause: Cohesion and Metaphor
The book makes a valuable contribution to systemic functional linguistics, and sheds light on how lexical and grammatical structures of Old English written texts function to form meaning.'
Notes and Queries, Vol. 60, No. 1, March 2013