An introduction to functional grammar

 
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This revised edition of the classic treatment of its subject presents an outline of the grammar of modern English in the framework of systemic-functional linguistic theory and serves as an introduction to functional theory in general, which can be used for describing any language in its own terms. The description of English presented here has been widely used in a number of applied linguistics contexts, particularly artificial intelligence and language education, both second language and mother tongue, but also in literary stylistics and other fields requiring a rich interpretation of the text.

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Michael Halliday is Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University, Sydney
Christian Matthiessen is Professor of Linguistics at Macquarie University, Australia

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...an invaluable presentation of, and rationale for, the central descriptive apparatus of Halliday's systemic-functional grammar of English...essential reading for all students of English textual structure, teeming with insights.
Michael Toolan, University of Birmingham, UK

Anyone who claims any interst in practical grammar and its relationship to theoretical grammar should certainly familiarise themselves with it.
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