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Studies in Functional Discourse Grammar


J. Lachlan Mackenzie and María de los Ángeles Gómez-González

This book contains eight studies on Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG), with work by FDG’s foremost proponents, who provide both an introduction to the theory and a glimpse of current research projects. FDG derives its name from taking the discourse act as the basic unit of linguistic analysis. Each such unit receives four parallel analyses displaying its interpersonal, representational, morphosyntactic and phonological characteristics respectively.
What is striking about the emergence of FDG is that it enters into lively debate with various other contemporary frameworks that share its functionalist orientation. This facet of FDG is highlighted in this book, every chapter of which brings out the interconnectedness of current theoretical trends.
Contents: Kees Hengeveld/J. Lachlan Mackenzie: Interpersonal Functions, Representational Categories, and Syntactic Templates in Functional Discourse Grammar – Francis Cornish: Null Complements, Event Structure, Predication and Anaphora: A Functional Discourse Grammar Account – Carlos Inchaurralde: Some Considerations on the Role of Cognition for Text Structuring, Lexical Structure and the Handling of Communicative Parameters in a Functional Discourse Grammar Framework – Suzanne Dikker/Eva van Lier: The Interplay between Syntactic and Conceptual Information: Agreement Domains in FDG – Christopher S. Butler/Francisco Gonzálvez-García: Situating FDG in Functional-Cognitive Space: An Initial Study – Mike Hannay/Evelien Keizer: A Discourse Treatment of English Non-Restrictive Nominal Appositions in Functional Discourse Grammar – Arsenio Jesús Moya Guijarro: The Assignment of Topical Status in FDG: A Textual Analysis – María de los Ángeles Gómez-González/Maite Taboada: Coherence Relations in Functional Discourse Grammar.