Functional Descriptions

Theory in practice

Ruqaiya Hasan † | Macquarie University
Carmel Cloran | Macquarie University
ORCID logoDavid Butt | Macquarie University
ISBN 9789027236241 (Eur) | EUR 130.00
ISBN 9781556195754 (USA) | USD 195.00
ISBN 9789027276308 | EUR 130.00 | USD 195.00
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This volume focuses on the relation between theory and description by examining aspects of transitivity in different languages. Transitivity — or case grammar, to use the popular term — has always occupied a centre-stage position in linguistics, not least because of its supposedly privileged relation to states of affairs in the real world. Using a systemic functional perspective, the ten papers in this volume make a contribution to this scholarship by focusing on the transitivity patterns in language as the expression of the experiential metafunction. Through a study of different languages — English, Dutch, German, Finnish, Chinese and Pitjantjatjara — the contributors provide functional descriptions of the various categories of process, their participants and circumstances, including phenomena such as di-transitivity, causativity, the get-passive, etc. With the relation between theories and descriptions running through the ten chapters of this volume as sometimes an overt and sometimes a covert theme, the chapters point to the nature of the linguistic fact which is linked ineluctably on the one hand to the nature of the theory and on the other to the speakers’ experience of the world in which they live.
The majority of papers included in the volume derive from the 19th International Systemic Functional Congress at Macquarie University.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 121] 1996.  xxxvi, 381 pp.
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