Morphosyntax in Functional Discourse Grammar

Authored by: J. Lachlan Mackenzie

The Routledge Handbook of Syntax

Print publication date:  May  2014
Online publication date:  April  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415533942
eBook ISBN: 9781315796604
Adobe ISBN: 9781317751045

10.4324/9781315796604.ch30

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Abstract

Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG; Hengeveld and Mackenzie 2008) arose in the first decade of this century as a functionally and typologically oriented theory of the organization of natural languages. 1 ‘Functional’ here means that the theory seeks to elucidate how the forms of language reflect the multiple functions that they serve in human interaction. 2 ‘Typological’ refers to the theory’s desire to draw on and contribute to language typology, the study of variation across the languages of the world. And the word ‘discourse’ in the name of the theory alludes to the fact that human communication, both monologue and dialogue, takes the form of coherent discourse. Discourse is an activity and breaks down into a succession of Discourse Acts; the focus of FDG is on the analysis of these Discourse Acts and their morphosyntactic and phonological expression.

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