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

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

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.

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Michael O’Donnell’s chapter explores the relative placement of linguistic descriptions in two models of Systemic Functional Grammar, namely that proposed by Michael Halliday and colleagues and that proposed by Robin Fawcett and colleagues, the Cardiff Grammar. It compares the general orientation of the respective models, notably the ‘social’ for Halliday and the ‘cognitive’ for Fawcett and describes the levels (e.g. semantic, lexicogrammatical) adopted in each and discusses the criteria posited to motivate the organisation of each level. In particular. it compares the criteria that each model adopts for the recognition of process types in the central system of transitivity.

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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. 57-75 Jun 2020. ISBN 9781781796870. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34274. Date accessed: 04 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34274. Jun 2020

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