A Systemic Functional Grammar of Chinese

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A&C Black, Feb 20, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 292 pages
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This book presents an analysis of Chinese grammar from a systemic functional perspective. Its main focus is the clausal grammar of Chinese, and Dr Li provides a thorough analysis of Chinese clauses according to their constituent parts. However, uniquely, the second half of the book extends this examination into an analysis of Chinese discourse and text analysis. Professor Halliday's foreword praises Eden Li's thorough analysis, and shows its relevance to the field of systemic functional linguistics in general. Systemic Functional Grammar of Chinese provides the reader with a general theoretical framework of grammar and discourse analysis from a systemic functional perspective.

 

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Contents

1 Historical and theoretical backgrounds
1
Below the clause
19
Clause as representation
37
The natural logic of language
69
Clause as exchange
103
Clause as message
159
Creation of texts
209
Systemic notation conventions
265
References
267
Index
277
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Eden Sum-hung Li is Research Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong.

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