Functional Discourse Grammar

Kees Hengeveld and J. Lachlan Mackenzie

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Functional Discourse Grammar


This chapter introduces Functional Discourse Grammar, a typologically based model of language structure, and is organized as follows. Section 15.2 provides a general outline of the model and its place as the grammatical component of a wide theory of verbal interaction. Section 15.3 situates the model within the field of grammatical theories at large. Section 15.4 discusses the four levels of linguistic organization (interpersonal, representational, morphosyntactic, and phonological) inside the grammar proper, giving examples of the potential of each. Section 15.5 gives an impression of how both the interaction of the grammar with surrounding components and the interaction between the various levels within the grammatical component can help explain a wide range of linguistic phenomena. Section 15.6 presents a detailed analysis of a worked example, while Section 15.7 discusses some further applications of FDG.

Keywords: language structure; verbal interaction; grammatical theory; linguistic organization

Article.  11860 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Pragmatics

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