Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

29. Between lexis and grammar: towards a systemic functional approach to phraseology

Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2 - Ruqaiya Hasan†

Gordon Tucker [+-]
Cardiff University (retired)
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Dr Gordon Tucker was formerly Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Language and Communication Research at Cardiff University, and is now, in retirement, Honorary Research Fellow in the same Centre. His research is located within the theory of Systemic Functional Linguistics, and in particular in the area of lexical and phraseological organisation within a Systemic Functional Grammar. He is the author of The Lexicogrammar of Adjectives (1998, Cassell Academic), and has published more than 40 journal articles and book chapters. He has taught courses as an invited scholar and has been a plenary speaker in Canada, India, South Korea, Brazil, Venezuela, France, Madagascar, Germany, Italy, Belgium and the United Kingdom. Much of his research and subsequent publications have involved modelling lexicogrammatical organisation in the light of corpus linguistic findings, and it has been especially the challenge of corpus linguistic research that has led to his seminal work on phraseology within a Systemic Functional model of language.

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What corpus linguistic research has demonstrated is that when language is investigated from the lexical end a whole raft of lexically related phenomena arise which challenge and require attention by theories and descriptions of language (see Stubbs, 1996) for an overview). And it is the systemic functional linguist’s task, not the corpus linguist’s alone, to provide theory-consistent accounts and descriptions of these phenomena. The key concept that unlocks the relationship between systemic description and corpus-linguistic findings is co-occurrence. Furthermore, it brings together a range of phenomena including collocation (lexical co-occurrence), colligation (lexical and grammatical co-occurrence) and in particular, I would argue, all types of phraseological unit. In this chapter, we shall explore the relationship between co-occurrence and systemic choice, drawing on corpus evidence as we proceed.

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Tucker, Gordon. 29. Between lexis and grammar: towards a systemic functional approach to phraseology. Continuing Discourse on Language - A Functional Perspective, Volumes 1 and 2. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 954-977 Nov 2005. ISBN 9781845531140. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=25355. Date accessed: 06 Feb 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.25355. Nov 2005

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