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By Robin P. Fawcett

This booklet describes and evaluates substitute techniques inside of Systemic useful Linguistics (SFL) to representing the constitution of language on the point of shape. It assumes no earlier wisdom of SFL, and will as a result be learn as an advent to present concerns in the concept. it's going to curiosity any linguist who takes a sensible method of realizing language.
Part 1 summarizes the main advancements within the 40 years of SFL’s heritage, together with replacement techniques inside Halliday’s personal writings and the emergence of the “Cardiff Grammar” in its place to the “Sydney Grammar”. It questions the theoretical prestige of the ‘multiple constitution’ representations in Halliday’s influential Introduction to sensible Grammar (1994), demonstrating that Halliday’s version also wishes an integrating syntax similar to that defined partly 2.
Part 2 specifies and discusses the set of ‘categories’ and ‘relationships’ which are wanted in a conception of syntax for a latest, computer-implementable systemic useful grammar. The theoretical innovations are exemplified at each aspect, often from English yet sometimes from different languages.
The booklet is either a critique of Halliday’s present concept of syntax and the presentation of an alternate model of SFL that's both systemic and both useful.

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He calls the difference between those two models a "kind of variation in 'metaregister'", saying that this is "one of the ways in which systemic theory appears as a metaphor for language itself' (Halliday 1993:4507). In some ways the concept of 'register variation' provides a more insightful metaphor than that of 'dialectal variation'. 8. The Cardiff Grammar is a model of language that exists both in the form of a computer model of language and as a description of English for use in text analysis.

As reported in Fawcett, Tucker & Young 1988), Joan Wright, and Yuen Lin, and from a number of distinguished scholars who it has been our good fortune to have as visitors to Cardiff — including, among others, Professor Huang Guowen of Zhongshan University, Guangzhou, Professor Erich Steiner of the University of the Saarland, Saar­ brücken, and Professor Masa-aki Tatsuki of Doshisha University, Kyoto. , Chinese and Japanese (small but significant computer implementations having been built for both), and further work is planned on other languages.

One possible reason for the lack of specificity in "Categories" may be that Halliday wished to avoid using tree diagram representations, since these might be read as implying inappropriate parallels with Chomsky's "phrase structure" approach to analyzing syntax. 8 8. The term "sentence' is normally used in this book with the same meaning as "textsentence", but I shall use the fuller term every now and then in order to make the point that a 'sentence' is, from the viewpoint taken here and described in Chapter 3, a 'text with the structure of a sentence'.

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