Other Approaches: Levels, Domains, Modules and Interfaces

Strata in Systemic Functional Linguistics - Levels, Layers, Planes, Domains - Elissa D. Asp

Elissa D. Asp [+-]
Saint Mary's University
Elissa D. Asp is Professor of English and Linguistics, and Coordinator of Linguistics at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS. She was educated at Glendon College and York University in Toronto, where she specialized in linguistic description of discourse and linguistic theory. She is interested in functional and formal theories of language and developing models that elucidate language processing in context. Ongoing research addresses three main areas: (1) language and discourse correlates of dementias, especially neurodegenerative diseases associated with ageing; (2) MEG studies of neurocognitive networks supporting language and discourse processing; (3) theoretical implications of these studies for models of language.


This chapter explores a range of other approaches to the phenomena handled by strata in SFL models in order to foreground how stratified models actually differ and where there are overlaps. Other approaches discussed include cognitive construction grammar, functional discourse grammar, the parallel architecture model, role and reference grammar, and word grammar among functional grammars and minimalist, cartographic and parametric substantiation perspectives among formal models.

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Asp, Elissa. Other Approaches: Levels, Domains, Modules and Interfaces. Strata in Systemic Functional Linguistics - Levels, Layers, Planes, Domains. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2024. ISBN 9781781797303. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35444. Date accessed: 11 Jun 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35444. Mar 2024

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