Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence - Gordon Tucker

Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence - Gordon Tucker

2. Relating Form and Meaning: A Comparison of the Cardiff Grammar with Other Functional and/or Cognitive/constructionist Approaches

Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence - Gordon Tucker

Christopher Butler [+-]
Swansea University
Christopher Butler took a degree in biochemistry at Oxford University and taught biochemistry for several years, but then moved into linguistics, which he taught first at the University of Nottingham, then at what was what is now York St John University, where he held a Professorship in Linguistics. He took early retirement in 1998 to devote more time to research and writing. He holds an Honorary Professorship at Swansea University and is Visiting Professor at the University of Huddersfield. He has Honorary Doctorates from Ghent University and the Universidad de La Rioja. He has published several books and more than 80 articles, mostly on functional linguistics, computational and statistical techniques of language study, and corpus-based description of English and Spanish. His most significant book-length publications are Structure and Function: A Guide to Three Major Structural-Functional Theories (2 vols., Benjamins, 2003) and Exploring Functional-Cognitive Space (co-authored with Francisco Gonzálvez-García, Benjamins, 2014).

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This chapter by Christopher Butler explores the issue of form/meaning relations in respect of similarities and differences between a number of functional theories of language: the Cardiff (Systemic Functional) Grammar and a range of other approaches, namely the Sydney (Systemic Functional) approach, Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG), Role and Reference Grammar (RRG) and also Langacker’s Cognitive Grammar and Goldberg’s Cognitive Construction Grammar as representative of cognitive/constructionist models. It discusses the somewhat diverse mechanisms through which form and meaning are related in the various approaches. pointing to some important overall characteristics of the various models which help explain the difference in handling of form/meaning relations.

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Butler, Christopher . 2. Relating Form and Meaning: A Comparison of the Cardiff Grammar with Other Functional and/or Cognitive/constructionist Approaches. Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 38-56 Jun 2020. ISBN 9781781796870. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34271. Date accessed: 12 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34271. Jun 2020

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