A Systemic Functional Grammar of French: From Grammar to by Alice Caffarel

By Alice Caffarel

The 1st research of French grammar to exploit the Hallidayan method, this name seems to be at what constitutes language, and the way it's utilized in genuine lifestyles. this is often the 1st grammar of French to supply an total account of the language from a systemic practical standpoint. Alice Caffarel makes use of this method of linguistics, pioneered via Michael Halliday, to supply an outline of French grammar when it comes to its which means strength and realizations in constitution. This grammar has been built as a source for discourse research (including the research of literary texts) and for knowing how French grammar makes that means in several textual and contextual environments. one of many key facets of this description is that it presents a variety of views from which to discover grammar as a meaning-making power, from the approach finish and the textual content finish of the cline of instantiation. This multi-perspectival process brings out either the assets particular to specific registers and the assets basic to the language. additionally, it presents a number of pathways for exploring how that means (both first-order and second-order) is either construed and developed via lexicogrammatical styles in texts. This systemic practical method of French for that reason finds a special new viewpoint on one of many world's most generally used foreign languages. The ebook offers a finished account of French grammar that is appropriate to be used by means of undergraduates, postgraduates and lecturers who desire to examine texts of varied registers, and researchers in systemic sensible and French linguistics.

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A god has entered me". Hypotaxis and projection: locution (29a) a Suresh dit a Debou Suresh said to Debou (29b) "P qu 'il voulait bien accepter ce nouveau disciple si. . that he would accept this new disciple if... Hypotaxis and projection: idea (30a) a Les gens du hameau pensaient tons The people from the village all thought (30b) '(3 que Moni etait un enfant desfees. that Moni was a child of the fairies. Note that in a paratactic complex, the projected clause may come first, as in Example 27, or second, as in Example 28, while in a hypotactic complex, the projected clause always comes second, as in Examples 29 and 30.

The subjunctive is used in the context of high obligation while the indicative is used in the context of high/median probability and low/median obligation. Thus, as pointed out by Guillaume (1945, 1984), both 'certain' (high value probability in SFL terms) and 'probable' (median value probability) motivate the choice of the indicative, while 'possible' (low value probability) triggers the subjunctive. In the context of modulation, it is high and median obligation that trigger the choice of the subjunctive mode, while low obligation or no expression of obligation triggers the indicative, as further illustrated by Examples 36 and 37.

We could extend this further and posit that the subjunctive also correlates with modulation, while the non-subjunctive correlates with modalization. However, this generalization does not hold in the context of mental projections. Indeed, the subjunctive can be a marker of modulation or modalization. In the context of verbal projection, there is a clear relationship between subjunctive and proposal, and non-subjunctive and proposition. As we will see in Chapter 4, modality can be realized congruently (nonmetaphorically) by modal elements, such as modal adjuncts or modal verbs, or non-congruently (metaphorically) by projecting clauses in hypotactic clause complexes.

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