A Functional Discourse Grammar for English (Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics)

A Functional Discourse Grammar for English (Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics)

By: Evelien Keizer (author)Paperback

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This is the first textbook on Functional Discourse Grammar, a recently developed theory of language structure which analyses utterances at four independent levels of grammatical representation: pragmatic, semantic, morphosyntactic and phonological. The book offers a very systematic and highly accessible introduction to the theory: following the top-down organization of the model, it takes the reader step-by-step though the various levels of analysis (from pragmatics down to phonology), while at the same time providing a detailed account of the interaction between these different levels. The many exercises, categorized according to degree of difficulty, ensure that students are challenged to use the theory in a creative manner, and invite them to test and evaluate the theory by applying it to the new data in various linguistic contexts. Evelien Keizer uses examples from a variety of sources to demonstrate how the theory of Functional Discourse Grammar can be used to analyse and explain the most important functional and formal features of present-day English. The book also contains examples from a wide variety of other typologically diverse languages, making it attractive not only to students of English linguistics but to anyone interested in linguistic theory more generally.

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About Author

Evelien Keizer is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Vienna. Her main interest is in the interplay between the discourse-pragmatic, semantic, syntactic, and phonological properties of linguistic expressions. Her overall approach is a functional-cognitive one; more specifically she works within the framework of Functional Discourse Grammar. Her publications include The English Noun Phrase: The Nature of Linguistic Categorization (CUP, 2007) and The Syntax of Dutch: The Noun Phrase, Vol. 1 (Amsterdam University Press, 2011). Her current research interests include syntactic alternations, linguistic categorization, and the analysis of semi-fixed expressions.


1. Why Functional Discourse Grammar? ; 2. The general architecture of FDG ; 3. The Interpersonal Level ; 4. The Representational Level ; 5. The Morphosyntactic Level ; 6. The Phonological Level ; 7. Sample representations ; Glossary ; List of languages ; References ; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 29/01/2015
  • ISBN13: 9780199571871
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 360
  • ID: 9780199571871
  • weight: 644
  • ISBN10: 0199571872

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