3. On the Abstractness of Levels of Description in Systemic Functional Linguistics

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

Mick O'Donnell [+-]
Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
Mick O'Donnell is a lecturer at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. From 1990 through 2001, he worked on various Text Generation projects, including Penman, ILEX and HiPS. He has also developed parsers for Systemic Grammar, funded by Fujitsu, and Language & Computing n.v. He is the author of UAM CorpusTool, software to support manual and automatic annotation of corpora, and earlier tools such as Systemic Coder and RSTTool. His current research interest focuses on exploring foreign language development through studying Learner Corpora. He is principal investigator of the Alegro project, developing an online system for English Grammar learning based on deep analysis of critical problems of Spanish learners.


This volume brings together contributions to a key area of interest within the framework of systemic functional linguistics and this concerns the role of meaning in the lexicogrammar. A key figure in the debate on this role is Robin Fawcett who has long argued for a fully semantic lexicogrammar where the relevant systems are seen as representing ‘choices between meanings’. This volume, a festschrift in honour of Fawcett’s long-standing contribution to the field, raises important questions related to lexicogrammatical meaning within systemic functional linguistics by examining the meaning-form interface, lexicogrammatical meaning in theme and transitivity, as well as lexis, intonation and its role in computational models. Importantly, discussions in the volume also explore the relationship between alternative approaches to systemic functional lexicogrammar, notably between the Hallidayan model and the Cardiff Grammar model developed primarily by Robin Fawcett.

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O'Donnell, Mick. 3. On the Abstractness of Levels of Description in Systemic Functional Linguistics. Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Apr 2020. ISBN 9781781796870. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34274. Date accessed: 20 Feb 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34274. Apr 2020

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