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Language Typology: A Functional Perspective

 
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This book is intended as a systemic functional contribution to language typology both for those who would like to understand and describe particular languages against the background of generalizations about a wide range of languages and also for those who would like to develop typological accounts that are based on and embody descriptions of the systems of particular languages (rather than isolated constructions). The book is a unique contribution in at least two respects. On the one hand, it is the first book based on systemic functional theory that is specifically concerned with language typology. On the other hand, the book combines the particular with the general in the description of languages: it presents comparable sketches of particular languages while at the same time identifying generalizations based on the languages described here as well as on other languages.

The volume explores eight languages, covering seven language families: French, German, Pitjantjatjara, Tagalog, Telugu, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Japanese.

Table of contents

List of contributors
ix
Foreword
xi
1. Introduction: Systemic functional typology
AliceCaffarel, J.R.MartinandChristianM.I.M.Matthiessen
1–76
2. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of French
AliceCaffarel
77–137
3. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of German
ErichSteinerandElkeTeich
139–184
4. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of Japanese
KazuhiroTeruya
185–254
5. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of Tagalog
J.R.Martin
255–304
6. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of Chinese
M.A.K.HallidayandEdwardMcDonald
305–396
7. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of Vietnamese
MinhDucThai
397–431
8. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of Telugu
V.Prakasam
433–478
9. Metafunctional profile of the grammar of Pitjantjatjara
DavidRose
479–536
10. Descriptive motifs and generalizations
ChristianM.I.M.Matthiessen
537–673
Index
675–700



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