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Title: Arguments for seeing theme- rheme and topic-comment as separate functional structures
Authors: LaPolla, Randy J.
Keywords: Humanities::Linguistics
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Routledge
Source: LaPolla, R. J. (2019). Arguments for seeing theme-rheme and topic-comment as separate functional structures. In J. R. Martin, Y. J. Doran, & G. Figuedero (Eds.), Systemic Functional Language Description: Making Meaning Matter (pp. 162-186). doi:10.4324/9781351184533
Abstract: In this chapter I would like to talk about aspects of the SFL approach to communication that I think are important to all linguists but have been overlooked or obscured in some other approaches. These include recognition of the importance of Theme-Rheme; the separation of Theme-Rheme and ‘given’-‘new’; the separation of interpersonal and ideational meaning; the importance of prosody in understanding grammar; the usefulness of the Token/Value distinction; and explanation in description. I will also point out aspects of Prof. Halliday’s approach that have influenced other approaches, and aspects that relate to concepts in other approaches, such as the importance of Theme to what is called ‘projection’ in Interactional Linguistics, and on the basis of this suggest that Theme-Rheme be seen as a separate functional structure from Topic-Comment. I will also discuss the role of construction in meaning creation.
ISBN: 9780815395089
DOI: 10.4324/9781351184533
Rights: © 2019 Taylor & Francis. All rights reserved.
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