An Introduction to Functional Grammar by Michael Alexander Kirkwood Halliday, Christian M. I. M.

By Michael Alexander Kirkwood Halliday, Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen

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The only ‘real’ text that was available was written text, and some notable grammarians of English, such as Otto Jespersen, made considerable use of written texts as sources of data. In the late 1940s two inventions appeared which were to change the work of a grammarian: tape recorders and computers. The tape recorder made it possible to capture spontaneous speech; the computer made it possible to store and access data in increasing quantities. Ten years later, when Randolph Quirk at the University of London and W.

We have made the same assumption here, referring to the sound system, the writing system and the wording system, that is, phonology, orthography (or graphology) and grammar. (We also noted, on the other hand, that grammar and vocabulary are not different strata; they are the two poles of a single continuum, properly called lexicogrammar (cf. Hasan, 1987). ) What does it mean to say that these are different ‘strata’? ’ is expressed directly by a sound, like nananana, or maybe by a gesture of some kind.

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