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3 - Verbal Group

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 June 2023

J.R. Martin
Affiliation:
University of Sydney
Beatriz Quiroz
Affiliation:
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
Pin Wang
Affiliation:
Shanghai Jiao Tong University
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Summary

Chapter 3 explores verbal group system and structure. In doing so for English and Spanish, it concentrates on what in SFL is referred to as univariate structure. Univariate structures are structures involving a single variable, which is repeated over and over again; they thus function as the realisation of recursive systems. The unit complexes introduced above (clause complexes, group complexes, word complexes and morpheme complexes) are structures of this kind. And some languages develop more delicate clause and group systems organised along these lines. The recursive tense systems in English and Spanish which we describe in this chapter are good examples. Chinese verbal groups on the other hand do not involve recursive systems realised by iterating structures and so have to be approached from a multivariate perspective.

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Systemic Functional Grammar
A Text-Based Description of English, Spanish and Chinese
, pp. 95 - 168
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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  • Verbal Group
  • J.R. Martin, University of Sydney, Beatriz Quiroz, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Pin Wang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Book: Systemic Functional Grammar
  • Online publication: 15 June 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009284950.004
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  • J.R. Martin, University of Sydney, Beatriz Quiroz, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Pin Wang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Book: Systemic Functional Grammar
  • Online publication: 15 June 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009284950.004
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  • Verbal Group
  • J.R. Martin, University of Sydney, Beatriz Quiroz, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Pin Wang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Book: Systemic Functional Grammar
  • Online publication: 15 June 2023
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009284950.004
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