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On prepositions and particles: a case for lexical representation in systemic functional linguistics

Fontaine, Lise 2017. On prepositions and particles: a case for lexical representation in systemic functional linguistics. Word 63 (2) , pp. 115-135. 10.1080/00437956.2017.1309029

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The focus of this paper is on lexical items which are traditionally referred to as prepositions, adverbs and particles, grouped here under the term P-items. It is argued that the relative lack of detail concerning lexical representation within systemic functional linguistics (SFL) theory means that there are some issues related to the status of lexis within the framework that require some development. As Tucker (2009: 424) points out, “if the theoretical principles are not fleshed out by way of description of both the actual grammatical and lexical resource of a given language, it is of little use to the majority of consumers, those who adopt if for (ultimately) the socio-semantic analysis of actual texts”. By examining the treatment of P-items within the SFL framework and by drawing on the rich literature on this topic in cognitive linguistics, this paper aims to offer some proposals for integrating a more comprehensive, cognitively informed approach to lexis in SFL.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Uncontrolled Keywords: lexical representation, systemic functional linguistics, prepositions, adpositions, polysemy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0043-7956
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 March 2017
Date of Acceptance: 6 March 2017
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2018 01:30

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