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

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

9. Referring and the Nominal Group: A Closer Look at the Selector Element

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

Lise Fontaine [+-]
Cardiff University
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Lise Fontaine is a Reader at Cardiff University (Wales). She lectures mainly on functional grammar, word meaning, corpus linguistics, and psycholinguistics. Her research interests include functional grammar theory and, more specifically, the study of referring expressions. She is the author of Analysing English Grammar: A systemic-functional introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and co-author of Referring in Language: An integrated approach (Cambridge Univesity Press, forthcoming). She has also co-edited the following three volumes: Systemic Functional Linguistics: Exploring Choice (Cambridge University Press, 2013); Choice in Language: Applications in Text Analysis (Equinox, 2013) and Perspectives from Systemic Functional Linguistics: An Appliable Theory of Language (Routledge, 2018), The Oxford Companion to the English Language, 2nd ed. (Oxford University Press, 2018) and The Cambridge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics (Cambridge University Press, in press).
David Schönthal [+-]
Cardiff University
David Schönthal is a Research Associate at Cardiff University, working with Professor A. Wray on linguistic perspectives on dementia. He has previously lectured at Cardiff University on functional grammar, lexicology, lexicography, and psycholinguistics. His main research interests include different approaches to grammar, such as functional grammar and construction grammar, the meaning of words, and the implementation of a multimethod approach. Specifically, he is interested in the English nominal group and the functions of the relator of, on which he completed his doctoral thesis in 2016. He is further passionate about pedagogy, andragogy, and the teaching of academic writing, and is offering writing and grammar support sessions to undergraduate and postgraduate students at Cardiff University. David is also co-author of Referring in Language: An integrated approach (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) and co-editor of The Cambridge Handbook of Systemic Functional Linguistics (Cambridge University Press, in press).

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This chapter examines the methodological implications of approaches to the functional elements of determiner, head and qualifier within the Cardiff Grammar (CG). The CG account of the nominal group has developed an extensive account of the various types of determiner in English and yet there are some descriptive issues that have arisen out of these developments. In this chapter, focusing on the item of, the authors reveal how problematic the assumption of a head element is and argue that shifting the perspective away from headedness leads to different descriptive analyses with very different theoretical implications. Taking a more cognitive approach to of-nominals, the authors show how integrating advances from cognitive linguistics can contribute to a functional account of English complex nominals.

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Fontaine, Lise; Schönthal , David. 9. Referring and the Nominal Group: A Closer Look at the Selector Element. Approaches to Systemic Functional Grammar - Convergence and Divergence. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 174-190 Jun 2020. ISBN 9781781796870. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34279. Date accessed: 22 Oct 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34279. Jun 2020

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