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Challenging Boundaries in Linguistics

Systemic Functional Perspectives

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Edited By Stella Neumann, Rebekah Wegener, Jennifer Fest, Paula Niemietz and Nicole Hützen

Linguistics, like any discipline, is full of boundaries. However, in nature, as Ruqaiya Hasan points out, there are no clear cut boundaries. The participants of the 42nd International Systemic Functional Congress held at RWTH Aachen University addressed and challenged the notion of boundaries in linguistics in many creative ways. Twenty-one of the papers presented at the congress are collated in this volume. The six sections cover topics that challenge theoretical notions and stances, and explore historical, interpersonal and lexicogrammatical boundaries as well as those between languages and in language development. The volume presents a state of the art overview of systemic functional linguistic theorising with extensions into other theoretical frameworks.

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Post-Deictic and grounding (Monika Kavalir)

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Monika Kavalir Univerza v Ljubljanimonika.kavalir@ff.uni-lj.si

Post-Deictic and grounding

Abstract: The notion of the post-Deictic in the Hallidayan tradition is related to the core tenets of grounding theory as defined in cognitive grammar and analysed as an element that coordinates the mental reference of the speaker and the addressee so as to apply to a particular instance of the type denoted by the noun, with insights for both frameworks.

1 Introduction

What functionalist theories have in common is that they pay particular attention to how language is used in communication. One particular aspect of this concern has to do with the linguistic means that tie the language proposition to the here and now of the speech situation, which is why one would expect this phenomenon to be explored in detail by every functionalist-minded linguist. Nevertheless, different theoretical frameworks give preference to different elements of human communication, yielding distinct perspectives that can complement and occasionally contradict each other.

This paper investigates how two such approaches, systemic functional linguistics (SFL), based on the work of Michael Halliday, and cognitive grammar (CG), developed by Ronald W. Langacker, compare in their treatment of what has been labelled the post-Deictic, i.e., an additional deictic element in the Nominal Group, and what insights they might glean from each other. Authors such as Nuyts (2005) point out that functionalist and cognitivist approaches can in general be perceived as complementary with the differences pertaining primarily to emphasis and...

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