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Absolute Clauses in English from the Systemic Functional Perspective

A Corpus-Based Study

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Part of the The M.A.K. Halliday Library Functional Linguistics Series book series (TMAKHLFLS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Qingshun He, Bingjun Yang
    Pages 1-6
  3. Qingshun He, Bingjun Yang
    Pages 7-29
  4. Qingshun He, Bingjun Yang
    Pages 31-52
  5. Qingshun He, Bingjun Yang
    Pages 53-64
  6. Qingshun He, Bingjun Yang
    Pages 65-106
  7. Qingshun He, Bingjun Yang
    Pages 107-142
  8. Qingshun He, Bingjun Yang
    Pages 143-157
  9. Qingshun He, Bingjun Yang
    Pages 159-164
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 165-178

About this book

Introduction

This book focuses on the structural diversity, semantic variability, case choice, stylistic characteristics and diachronic distribution of English absolute clauses. The syntactic roles assumed by absolute clauses in the traditional sense can be categorized into clausal adjuncts, attendant circumstances and appositives. These three types of function correspond to the three hypotactic expansions in the relation system of clause complexes in Systemic Functional Linguistics, i.e., elaboration, extension and enhancement. This research, therefore, redefines absolute clauses in the framework of SFL and proposes four syntactic types of absolute clauses: absolute paratactic clauses (elaboration), absolute hypotactic clauses (extension and enhancement), absolute projected clauses (fact and act) and absolute embedded clauses (subject). Based on the Brown family corpora, BNC and COHA, this research finds that different function types of absolute clauses differ in terms of their stylistic and diachronic distributions, and both nominative and accusative cases are acceptable.

Keywords

Absolute Clauses Corpus-based Study Diachronic Distributions Semantic Variability Syntactic Functions Systemic Functional Linguistics

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of English Language and CultureGuangdong University of Foreign StudiesGuangzhouChina
  2. 2.School of Foreign LanguagesShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Absolute Clauses in English from the Systemic Functional Perspective
  • Book Subtitle A Corpus-Based Study
  • Authors Qingshun He
    Bingjun Yang
  • Series Title The M.A.K. Halliday Library Functional Linguistics Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title The M.A.K. Halliday Library Functional Linguistics Series
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-46367-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-662-46366-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-662-51635-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-662-46367-3
  • Series ISSN 2198-9869
  • Series E-ISSN 2198-9877
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XX, 178
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 36 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Grammar
    Language and Literature
    Theoretical Linguistics
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