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

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

8. Lexical Representation in the Cardiff Grammar: An Appraisal

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

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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Gordon Tucker’s chapter evaluates lexical representation and description within the Cardiff model of Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG). It addresses the question of the extent to which grammatical and lexical organisation are interdependent within a framework that adopts Halliday’s notion of ‘lexis as most delicate grammar’, and whether available lexical choices are appropriately motivated. It also explores lexical phenomena emerging from corpus linguistic research, and whether the Cardiff Grammar can accommodate them. It concludes that whilst the Cardiff Grammar architecture is largely in place to represent such phenomena, much more work is needed in developing the lexical resource, motivating lexical choice and extending its descriptive coverage.

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Tucker, Gordon. 8. Lexical Representation in the Cardiff Grammar: An Appraisal. Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 157-173 Jun 2020. ISBN 9781781796870. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34278. Date accessed: 12 Aug 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34278. Jun 2020

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