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Applying Systemic Functional Syntax to the Analysis of Texts Robin P. Fawcett Centre for Language and Communication Research Cardiff University
2 Which part of the overall architecture of language and its use will we be using for this workshop? Answer: the lexicogrammar. Where is this located in the overall model?
3 Look at the following figure: (from: Fawcett, Robin P., 2011a. Alternative Architectures for Systemic Functional Linguistics: How do we choose? London: Equinox.)
Or, in the standard diagram of a working SFG: Which part of this will we be using? This 6
7 More about the level of form the intersection of form and potential = form potential (parallel to Hallidays meaning potential) What does it contain? the realization component, i.e. a set of realization rules (statements) Their function: to specify how meanings (from the system network) are realized.
8 So: How are meanings realized? In what form - or forms? (This answer is different from the Sydney Grammars.) In spoken discourse: as items + syntax + INTONATION In written discourse: as items + syntax + PUNCTUATION Items are then SPECIFIED - not realized, NLG has shown - in spoken discourse through segmental phonology in written discourse through orthography Note 1: we get different views of phonology from below and from above. Note 2: Chinese is different.
9 Here we shall focus mainly on syntax and items - and especially on syntax
The main theoretical categories of syntax for SFL From: Fawcett, Robin P., 2008a. Invitation to Systemic Functional Linguistics through the Cardiff Grammar: an extension and simplification of Hallidays Systemic Functional Grammar (Third Edition). London: Equinox. Handout 1 10
Figure 5-2: The three basic categories of syntax 11
Figure 5-3: The three basic relationships of syntax 12
Some key characteristics of the CG model of functional syntax How shall we approach these? Two possibilities – you choose! EITHER via considering the extensions to and simplifications of Hallidays SFG (next slidw) OR via a crash course based on the teaching sequence (to Slide 48) THEN 1 Introduction to the suggested method of analysis 2 Analysis of texts – joint work on demo, yours and/or mine! 13
14 Answer: Via the subtitle of Invitation – which is: an extension and simplification of Hallidays Systemic Functional Grammar In my earlier lecture about the Cardiff Grammar, I described the factors that have led to its continuing development to the present - but not the improvements themselves - i.e. not the aspects of the Cardiff Grammar that differentiate it from the Sydney Grammar. I shall now introduce you to the main improvements that differentiate its functional syntax from the functional structures used in the SG, by briefly listing these extensions and simplifications.
15 Simplifications (making the Cardiff Grammar easier to learn and to use) 1The Cardiff uses just one diagram to show the functional syntax of a clause, not the seven lines of boxes (and sometimes more) used in the silver text on pages of IFG2) to show the different structures that are used in Hallidays multiple rows of boxes analysis. This one diagram provides the answer to the following question about the diagrams in IFG (left unanswered in IFG): How do the various structures (as shown in diagrams such as those used in the analysis of The silver text) get mapped onto each other to form a single, integrated structure? As an example of the nearest equivalent to doing this in the CG, consider the following diagram:
17 2The Cardiff Grammar shows the text analyst how to relate the lower units in a tree diagram to the higher units, e.g. a nominal group to a clause - as we shall now see. This is the concept of filling, in which a unit fills an element of a higher unit. Yet in IFG there is no example of how this should be done - not even a verbal description. Consider the following example:
18 Figure 17-1 from Invitation
19 3In the Cardiff Grammar, there is only one Main Verb (M) per clause. The nearest equivalent term in IFG to Main Verb is event - the element of the verbal group that is expounded by a lexical verb. And, since Halliday allows TWO or more verbal groups (typically related by hypotaxis) to fill his clause element of Predicator, he would allow two or more Ms. In the SG there may even be two Ms that are separated by a nominal group. For examples, see pp of Halliday For a critique of the IFG account, see Fawcett 2003b.
20 4The Main Verb is a direct element of the clause. It is the Main Verb that expects a given number of PRs, and so is needed to help us to predict the number of Complements. So the natural place for a M is as an element of the clause - NOT the verbal group. For equally strong functional reasons, the Operator (O), the Negator (N), the various Auxiliary Verbs (X), their Extensions (XEx) and the Main Verb Extension (MEx) are also all treated as direct elements of the clause. Simpler without P and the vgp? Yes, in many ways. AND there are usually no more than two such elements in any one clause. (See Fawcett 2000b & 2000c.)
21 5Both the meaning of the Subject and the test for identifying the Subject relate solely to basic MOOD meanings (as was the case in Hallidays earlier writings). The part of its meaning of what this clause is about (only relevant when it has a referent) is regarded here as a type of Theme - the clauses Subject Theme. (See Fawcett 1999.)
22 6The tests for distinguishing a Complement from an Adjunct are clear, and they are based on explicitly functional criteria. (See Fawcett 2008a.)
23 7There are many simplifications within the grammar of TRANSITIVITY, e.g. (i) the overall grammar of relational Processes such as being (see Fawcett 1987) is far simpler than it is in IFG; (ii) there are tests for all PRs, and (iii) the double analysis of many clauses provided in IFG (one from a transitive and one from an ergative viewpoint) is seen as an unnecessary complication.
24 8Hallidays concept of hypotaxis is handled neatly as embedding, i.e. as a unit that fills an element of another unit. Thus a reported speech clause is simply treated as an embedded clause that fills a Complement/Phenomenon. For a critique of hypotaxis and some of Hallidays types of parataxis, see Footnote 78 in Invitation and the references given there.
25 9Many of the phenomena that Halliday describes as types of grammatical metaphor are treated here as being directly analyzable in terms of the existing options in the semantic system networks, and so as not requiring the double analysis that Halliday gives them (e.g. as in the analyses of The silver text on pages of IFG2). The incongruence of other types is handled in other ways, using higher components of the Cardiff Model of language in use. (For these, see my Alternative Architectures for Systemic Functional Linguistics)
26 Extensions (making the Cardiff Grammar more comprehensive) 1The Main Verb Extension (MEx) is recognized as a major element in the syntax of the clause, as is the Main Verb (M), rather than being treated as just another type of Adjunct, as in IFG.
27 2The Cardiff Grammar recognizes many more types of Auxiliary Verb (X). Six of them co-occur with Auxiliary Extensions (XEx). Through these, it provides solutions for many problems in all theories of syntax. See Section 14.3 of Chapter 14 in Invitation.
28 3The Cardiff Grammar has a far fuller coverage than IFG of units other than the clause. (i) It greatly extends the nominal group (especially in the determiners) through the concept of selection (Fawcett 2007b). (ii) It introduces the new syntactic units of the quality group (for which see Tucker 1997), the quantity group and several types of cluster. For introductory summaries of all these classes of groups and for one class of cluster, see the second handout.
29 4The Cardiff Grammar provides for a wide range of types of embedded clauses, e.g. clauses embedded as Complements (as in Figure 17-1) and Adjuncts.
30 5The element Binder (B) is an element in its own right in the Cardiff Grammar. It is mentioned in IFG2 (p. 214) as a type of adverbial, but it is left unanalyzed in all actual examples (e.g. if and that on p. 367).
31 6The MOOD network has been semanticized, and so greatly extended, having features such as information giver, polarity seeker, confirmation seeker etc. In this it largely parallels the earlier semanticization of TRANSITIVITY, in both the SG and the CG. See the following simplified MOOD network (from Invitation)
33 7The Cardiff Grammar extends the coverage found in IFG by providing descriptions of the units needed to model: (i) compound nouns, (ii) proper names, (iii) other types of name, (iv) addresses, (v) dates, (vi) clock time, (vii) cardinal numbers, (viii) telephone numbers.
The key tools for analyzing the functional syntax of texts Handout 2 Note: where it is taken from (3 places, in fact) the Key the clause the unit itself the many elements it may fill the filling probabilities for each element the elements of the clause (not all, see the notes) examples of units and items that expound the elements 34
Then also familiarize yourself with the rest of Handout 2: the nominal group the prepositional group the quality group the quantity group the genitive cluster the text (simplified) For the structures of other clusters, see Fawcett 2008d of the bibliography. 35
See Handout 3 From Invitation The procedure for clause analysis: a summary 0 Preparation: make the clause an information giver that is positive, and replace wh-items by someone, etc. 1 Find the Process, and so the Main VerbM or M + Main Verb Extension(s) M + MEx or M + preposition M + p (inside C) or M + Main Verb Extension + preposition.M + MEx + p 2 Left of M, find any Auxiliaries (if used)X, X, X 3 Right of each X, find any Auxiliary Extension, if used, plus any associated InfinitivesXEx + I 4 Left of X, find any other Infinitive (if used)I 5 Left of I, find the Negator (if used).N 36
6 Left of N, find the Operator (if used).O 7 Left or right of O, find the Subject.S S may contain a wh-item. If S is covert, place it in brackets. (S) 8 Find the Let element (if used).L 9Find all PRs. S is probably one; any other PR is a Complement. C, C If a C contains a wh-item, expect it to the left. If a C is covert, place it in brackets. (C) 10Find any Adjuncts.A, A... If an A contains a wh-item, expect it to the left. 11 Find the Vocative (if used)V 12 Find the Ender (if used).E 37
Next: A demonstration of the analysis of a complex text-sentence Keep Handout 3 handy, because you will need consult the useful tests in the next part of the workshop. See Handout 4: Stages in analyzing a complex text-sentence 38
1.Identify the Processes Ivy wishes that they went out more often, but Ike prefers to watch football on TV. 2. Make a rough first pencil sketch of the Processes and their clauses. 39
3. Identify items that mark the beginnings of clauses. 40
4. Incorporate these in a first pencil sketch of the overall structure. 41
5. Add any Enders. 42
From now on, the guidelines apply to each clause (so do everything four times in the present example). 1. Using the Process and PR Test, check again the Participant Roles (PRs) for each clause, looking especially for covert PRs. 43
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Check for any Auxiliary Verbs (X), Auxiliary Extensions (XEx), Infinitive Elements (I), Negator (N), Operator (O) – and then use the to confirm the Subject (S). 44
8. Find the Let Element (L), as in Letsall do it (if used). 9. If in doubt about whether a possible Complement is a PR and so a C, use the C or A Test to check; and also re-check for any covert Cs, using the Process and PR Test. 45
10. Find any Adjuncts. Confirm them by using the Adjunct Place-change Test. 11.Find any other clause elements, e.g. a Vocative (V). 12. Analyze any nominal groups (5 in this example), prepositional groups (1), quality groups (1), quantity groups (0) and any clusters (2: Ivy and Ike). 46
Next: joint analysis of the shower text. Then: any texts which cause problems? (invitation in the abstract). And/or: some typical texts of our time: advert for pizzas. 47
48 Introduction to the functional syntax of the English clause
49 Introducing TRANSITIVITY and MOOD: a simple example Context of situation: Paula is teaching her eight-year-old nephew Adam how to cook a delicious vegetable dish. Paula: And what do you think we are going to do next? We shall simmer them gently. For about ten minutes. Our example: We shall simmer them gently.
50 The multifunctional principle Every clause serves several different functions at the same time. How? By mapping several different strands of meaning into a single two-dimensional structure This is composed of: a unit, its elements, and the items that expound the elements. (an example very soon!) Several = 3 or 4 in Hallidays verbal descriptions, but up to 7 or 8 in The silver text. In the Cardiff Grammar: 8 major strands (+ 2 minor strands).
51 Words, elements and units: keeping things simple Consider this example: That nice man should cook those delicious vegetables very carefully indeed. How would you analyze it?
53 Can all clause elements be filled by units? Luckily - No. This makes analysis easier! Only Subjects, Complements and Adjuncts can be filled by units. (99.9% reliable) Only these three types of clause element can be filled by units, because only these three types of clause elements refer to entities. Each different type of entity has its own internal semantic complexity, So the units which fill Subjects, Complements and Adjuncts have their own internal syntactic complexity: nominal groupprepositional group quality groupquantity group
54 The special case of being as a Main Verb Consider: They are reporters. What is its syntax?
55 M is conflated with O. Solution
56 Auxiliary Verbs (X) Notes: 1X is conflated with O. 2How is the meaning of retrospective realized?
57 A second type of Auxiliary Verb - adding the meaning of period-marked
58 A third type of Auxiliary Verb - realizing the meaning of passive Why is passive chosen? One reason: to make the SECOND Participant the Subject Theme.
59 So there is typically a choice: First or Second Participant as Subject Theme? Summary so far:
60 Now consider this: The Complement is a COVERT Participant. (occurs with around 80% of passives)
64 More on TRANSITIVITY: Participants as Subjects and Complements Four questions about TRANSITIVITY 1 What is a Subject - in addition to being an element that helps to define the MOOD? 2What are the criteria for labelling part of a clause as a Complement - rather than as an Adjunct? 3How many Complements can there be in a clause? 4What sub-types of Complement is it useful to recognize? To answer these questions, we need to know what a Participant Role is. So....
65 How to identify a Participant Role What is a Participant Role (PR)? The answer is: A PR is a role that is 'expected' by the Process. Or, more accurately: A Participant Role is a role which we expect to occur in the clause, as a result of knowing what the Process is.
66 The Process and PR Test (99% reliable) Assuming that xxx stands for the Main Verb, that someone/thing/where stands for each possible PR, and that the brackets show elements that may be absent, try saying: In this Process of xxx-ing, we expect to find someone or something xxx-ing (someone or something) ((to or from) someone or something or somewhere). The last line simply says: The possible second or third PR may be preceded by to or from.
67 It is the Process of xxx-ing that expects the Complements - and NOT the situation as a whole. Example Consider (3) Ivy will eat the pasta tomorrow. Application of the test Try saying: In this Process of eating, we expect to find someone eating something. This makes sense; i.e. the someone is Ivy and the something is the pasta. So Ivy and the pasta are almost certainly PRs, and so are S and C. But the Process of eating does NOT require that the Time Position should be expressed, so tomorrow is not a PR, so is probably an A.
68 The answer to Question 1 The question was: What is a Subject - in addition to being an element that helps to define the MOOD? The answer is: Typically, the Subject (S) is a Participant Pole (PR) (over 99% reliable). The answer to Question 2 The question was: What are the criteria for labelling part of a clause as a Complement - rather than as an Adjunct? The answer is: Any PR that is not S is a Complement (C). (100% reliable when analyzing only elements of clauses, as in this chapter, but this definition will be re-expressed later).
69 Re-expressing Question 3 The question was: How many Complements can there be in a clause? Like Questions 1 and 2, Question 3 needs to be answered in terms of PRs, so we will re-express it as Question 3a: Question 3a: How many Participant Roles can be associated with a Process? How many in each of these examples? (9)The bridge collapsed yesterday. (10)I enjoyed yesterday. (11)It snowed yesterday. (12) Fred put the money in the bank yesterday. (13) Ivy asked him a question yesterday.
71 The answer to Question 3a: The vast majority of Processes have TWO associated PRs, a small number have ONE associated PR, a small number have THREE associated PRs - and a very few have 0 associated PRs - all about the 'environment' (typically the weather, e.g. It's raining, where it does not refer to anything).
72 A summary of the major types of Processes and Participant Roles from Chapter 10 of Invitation
74 Notes 1In the Cardiff Grammar: the Process types are identified by the configurations of PRs associated with them. 2Identifying the full set of PRs is a difficult task. It is best treated as a SECOND STAGE in the analysis, to carry out after distinguishing between PRs and CRs. 3The Cardiff Grammar provides a full set of tests for each type of PR (in Fawcett 2009, from forthcoming 2010b). 4Rows (1) to (3) are action Processes, Rows (4) to (8), (10) and (11) are relational Processes, Row (9) are a mental Processes, and Row (12) is an environmental Process.
76 The C or A test (99% reliable with experiential Adjuncts) This test supplements the Process and PR Test in cases of doubt about whether an element is a Complement or an Adjunct. 1 Thematize the element to be tested (i.e. put it first in the clause), 2 Treat it a separate information unit (i.e. separate it by a comma). If the clause sounds completely natural, it is probably an Adjunct. If it sounds odd it is probably a Complement. Examples Consider Example (3) again: Re-express it as Tomorrow, Ivy will eat the pasta. This sounds completely natural, so tomorrow is an Adjunct.
77 The problem of distinguishing between C and A when the referent is a 'place Consider: (4) Thomas bought this watch in Amsterdam. (5) Thomas lives in Amsterdam. What element is in Amsterdam in each of (4) and (5): a Complement or an Adjunct? Re-express (4) as In Amsterdam, I bought this watch. Re-express (5) as In Amsterdam, he lives.
78 Four ways in which Processes are realized (in clauses) 1: a simple verb that expounds a Main Verb 2, 3 and 4: as for 1, plus other words i.e. multi-word Processes (three main types)
79 The first type of multi-word Process Consider: He raised the problem again. He brought up the problem again.
80 Why not simply treat the phrasal verb bring up as the M?
81 This is why.
82 Also: (3a) He [S] rode [M] off [MEx] into the sunset [C]. (3b) Off [MEx] he [S] rode [M] into the sunset [C]. NB the use here of a linear notation (saves space). Its major limitation: only good for one unit at a time. Not used much in the Cardiff Grammar. NEVER in text analysis.
83 The more frequent items at MEx: Very frequent: up, down; in, out; on, off; about, (a)round, along, away; over, through and back (NB back can co-occur with others, as also can on with directional Processes.) Fairly frequent: across, apart, aside, ahead; in front, behind, by, together, under
84 Now consider: (4) He went straight in on his own. (5) Ive gone right off horror films. Here, a unit fills the MEx. (The unit is a quantity group: reasons later)
85 And also consider: (6a) Ike [S] swims [M] every day [A]. (6b) Ike [S] has [M] a swim [MEx] every day [A]. (7a) Ivy [S] hugged [M] her boyfriend [C]. (7b) Ivy [S] gave [M] her boyfriend [C] a hug [MEx]. and… (8) What [MEx] are [O/X] you [S] doing [M]? (9) I [S] m [O/X] not [N] doing [M] anything [MEx]. Here, the traditional concept of a phrasal verb has been greatly - and usefully - extended. (Usage in Quirk et al 1985 v usage in IFG.)
86 The second type of multi-word Process Consider: (10) They [S] are [O/X] discussing [M] climate change [C]. (11) They are talking about climate change. How should we analyze (11)? Not with talking about as M, because of (12) They are talking anxiously about climate change.
87 What is the PR that the Process predicts? Is it climate change or is it about climate change? And the answer is: Just as there is a two-word verb that expresses a Process through a Main Verb + Main Verb Extension (a phrasal verb in traditional grammar) there is also a two-word verb that expresses a Process through a Main Verb + preposition (a prepositional verb in traditional grammar)
88 So the analysis is:
89 While such prepositional verbs occur frequently, they only occur about a quarter as frequently as phrasal verbs. Other examples include: approve of, depend on, dispense with, listen to, look at, provide with, shoot at, and refer to. A final example: a notice in a pharmacists shop window: We Dispense With Care. J. Smith, Pharmacist
90 The third type of multi-word Process (13)They couldnt get away from the tsunami. (= escape) (14)Im looking forward to Spring. (= anticipate with pleasure) (15)They dont really get on with each other. (= like?) (16)Ikes been going out with Ivy for years. (= courting?!)
91 And also: (17a)We should have a chat about it. (= discuss informally) (18a)Could you please take a look at my boiler? (= examine) (19a)She is afraid of big dogs. (= fears) (20) He had fallen in love with her when they were students. (roughly = loved? (21)Will you please do something about this? (= cure?) Analysis?
92 Solution (a phrasal-prepositional verb, in traditional grammar)
93 Can all clause elements be filled by units? Luckily - No. Only Subjects, Complements and Adjuncts (and Vocatives) are typically filled by units.(99.9% reliable) The units are differentiated from each other by their own internal functional syntax - reflecting variable values in their semantics. nominal grouprealizes the semantics of a thing prepositional grouprealizes the semantics of a thing with a minor relationship quality grouprealizes the semantics of a quality quantity grouprealizes the semantics of a quantity For a full set of corpus-based filling probabilities for each unit, see Appendix 1 of Invitation.
94 Introduction to the nominal group Three simple examples: (13) it (14) Elsinor Semantic features (realized in the head : [cultural classification] v [token cultural classification] v [naming]
95 Terminology 1 Concerning the syntax of (12), we can say: 1 This unit is a nominal group (ngp), and its elements are: a deictic determiner (dd), two modifers (m), a head (h) and a qualifier (q). The deictic determiner is expounded by the item the. 3The head is expounded by the item castle. 4Each of the two modifiers is filled by a quality group (qlgp) (whose internal structure is not shown), and the apex of each is expounded by the items impressive and old. 5The qualifier (whose internal structure is also not shown) is filled by a prepositional group (pgp) (in the centre of the city).
96 Terminology 2 Concerning the semantic functions of (12), we can say: 1This nominal group realizes the meaning of thing. 2The head answers the question: What class of thing? (in terms of the cultural classification of things provided by the language). 3Each of the two modifiers answers the question What sort of thing? (typically, but not necessarily) in terms of a quality). 4The qualifier also answers the question What sort of thing? - but typically at greater length (e.g. in terms of (1) its relationship with some other thing - as here - or (2) in terms of its role in another situation (e.g. which we visited yesterday). 5The deictic determiner answers the question Which?
97 Nominalization Some nominal groups realize situations (so not things). Compare: Here we shall focus on ngps that realize things.
98 The concept of selection in the nominal group (taken from Fawcett 2007b - see handout) Fawcett, Robin P., 2007b. Modelling selection between referents in the English nominal group: an essay in scientific inquiry in linguistics. In Butler, C.S., Hidalgo Downing, R., and Lavid, J., Functional Perspectives on Grammar and Discourse: In Honour of Angela Downing, Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp
99 Some data in need of explanation (1) those children (2) fivechildren (3) five of thosechildren / them (4) all (of) those children / them (5) five of those children / them (6) dozens of those children / them (7) a crowd of those children / them (8) five of the youngest of thosechildren / them (9) the front of a group of the youngest of those children / them (1) to (7) realize the meanings of identification and quantity of a thing (8) and (9) add the meanings of superlativized and part
100 More problematical data: realizing the meanings of the representation and type of thing (10) This is a photo of my daughter. (11) What is your idea of an ideal partner? (12) Toyota have brought out a new type of car that is more eco-friendly. (13) Its an example of one of the first of the new varieties of GM wheat. (14) Toyota have brought out a new car that is more eco-friendly. From (3) on, these examples are problematical for all grammars.
101 What is the solution? (or a solution)? Lets focus on a simple example`: A large number of those books (are now out of date.) In a large number of those books, which element is the head? Is it number or is it books? The answer: Such structures realize the concept of selection among the referents of a nominal group Three questions 1 How should we analyze the structure of such nominal groups? 2 What is the system network from which such units are generated like? 3 What are the realization rules that turn the meanings into forms like? 4 Today: Question 1. For 2 and 3, see Fawcett 2007b.
102 Is (33) a good solution? If you think so, what about (32)? Answer: (33) Is the analysis of a linguist who is thinking at the level of form, not meaning.
103 A functional answer Key concept: selection between referents. Here: selection by (1) identifying and (2) quantifying Should we worry about Subject-verb agreement? No! (The realization rules handle such formal matters.)
104 The nominal group: introducing the superlative determiner (selection between three referents)
105 Why the superlative determiner is not a modifier
106 The nominal group: the representational determiner (selection between two referents + an embedded ngp)
108 Summary of the determiners in the English nominal group element item unit (s) typic determinerngp (h < type, etc) representational determinerngp (h < photo. etc) partitive determinerngp (h < back, etc) fractionative determiner half orngp (h < fifth etc) quantifying determiner item or ngp or quantity group ordinative determiner quality group (apex < fifth etc) superlative determiner quality group (apex < finest etc) totalizing determiner all qualifier-introducing determiner those deictic determiner item orgenitive cluster head nounngp (occasionally)
109 Introduction to the prepositional group The typical structure:
110 A nominal group with a qualifier filled by a preposition group
111 Introduction to embedded clauses and texts A sample of the data to be explained John didnt wait; he ran away. John ran away, which surprised everyone. John ran away, and Fred stayed behind. John ran away, whereas Fred stayed behind. John was scared, so he ran away. John ran away, because he was scared. John said Im running away. John said he was running away. John thought to himself Ill run away. John thought he would run away. Do you recognize these examples?
112 Hallidays ten types of clause complex (based on Table 7(2) of IFG, p. 220)
113 The embedding of a report of content (the first CG equivalent of the SGs hypotactic projection)
114 An IFG-style analysis of (8)
115 Towards a full picture of what may fill a Phenomenon in a communication clause (7) John [Ag] said to me [Af-Cog] Im running away. [Ph] [report of wording] (8) John [Ag] said (to me [Af-Cog]) he was running away [Ph] [report of content] (11) John [Ag] told us [Af-Cog] he was running away [Ph]. [report of content] (12) John [Ag] told me [Af-Cog] (about) his plan to run away [Ph]. (13) John [Ag] told me [Af-Cog] about) his plan (14) John [Ag] told me [Af-Cog] the answer [Ph]. (15) John [Ag] told me [Af-Cog] a lie / a funny story [Ph]. (16) John [Ag] told me [Af-Cog] everything (that he knew) [Ph]. (17) John [Ag] told me [Af-Cog] that / so [Ph].
116 The embedding of a report of content (the CG equivalent of the SGs paratactic projection)
117 An IFG-style analysis of (7) and (9)
118 The embedding of a proposition (the second CG equivalent to hypotactic projection)
119 An IFG-style analysis of (1) and (27)
120 The embedding of a clause filling a Circumstantial Role (the first CG equivalent of the SGs hypotactic extension) Note: (4) below receives a similar analysis (but with Cause replaced by Contrast) (4) John ran away, whereas Fred stayed behind.
121 Towards a full picture of what may fill a Circumstance of Cause John ran away, because he was scared. (A/Cau filled by a clause) (6c) John ran away, because of his fear (of it) (A/Cau filled by a prepositional group) (6d) John ran away for that reason. (A/Cau filled by a prepositional group) (6e) John ran away, therefore. (A/Cau directly expounded by an item)
122 An IFG-style analysis of (6)
123 Two co-ordinated clauses (the CG equivalent of the SGs paratactic expansion) Note:(1) and (5) below receive similar analyses (except that (1) has no Linker). (1)John didnt wait; he ran away. (5)John was scared, so he ran away.
124 An IFG-style analysis of (3)
125 A co-ordinated clause with an additive evaluative afterthought relationship (the CG equivalent of one of the SGs types of hypotactic elaboration) Compare: John ran away, and this surprised everyone.
126 An IFG-style analysis of (2)
127 The practical effect of adopting the CG analyses shown here is to make these important areas of the overall grammar: (i)simpler, because there are fewer theoretical constructs that need to be kept in mind, (ii)more comprehensive, in that it provides for types of relation not covered in the IFG framework, and (ii) more transparent, in that the structural analysis relates directly to the semantic feature that it realizes. One final example:
128 A sentence with both co-ordination and embedding (of two types)
129 Summary We have seen: (i) the great amount of common ground that the Sydney and the Cardiff versions of SFL have in common (in terms of the nature of language, the goals of linguistics, the methods, and relations between theory, description and use (sometimes known as applications), (ii) the differences between the two versions that can be seen as complementary, and (iii) some of the main differences that are clearly alternative positions (rather than complementarities).
130 One of the stated aims of the congress is to encourage engagement with the different dialects and registers of systemic functional linguistics around the world. Being realistic, the starting point for this engagement has to be the fact that, while those who work in the framework of the Cardiff version of SFL are fairly knowledgeable about the Sydney version, the converse is not normally the case. (The fault lies on both sides; we Cardiff linguists have often published our work in places that would not normally be read by Sydney-oriented linguists, and we have been especially poor in the production of introductory textbooks - till now (see below).
131 The SFL Community must learn to live with – and to celebrate - alternative versions of (i.e. voices in) SFL.