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Systemic systematic functional grammar and the study of Meaning

Alice Caffarel

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199544004.013.0031

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Systemic systematic functional grammar and the study of Meaning

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Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) is a theory of language that is strongly oriented to the description of how language makes meaning in context. This chapter aims to illustrate the power of SFL and, in particular, Systemic Functional (SF) Grammar, as a tool for exploring meaning in any language, and begins by locating SFL within the wider linguistic community. It then outlines some of the main dimensions and characteristics of SLF and SF grammar in relation to French, discussing what counts as evidence in SFL, such as the criteria and ‘reactances’ used for the interpretation of specific categories. The chapter illustrates the grammar and ‘cryptogrammar’ at work as a meaning-making resource.

Keywords: linguistic theory; study of meaning; meaning in context; Systemic Functional Linguistics; French language

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Semantics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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