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Different perspectives on linguistic complexity


To, V and Fan, S and Le, Q, Different perspectives on linguistic complexity, Linguistics and language education in new horizons: The link between theory, research and pedagogy, Nova Science Publishers, S Fan, T Le & Q Le (ed), New York, pp. 113-127. ISBN 978-1-63482-800-0 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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This chapter aims at providing an overview of linguistic complexity from different approaches with particular reference to Chomsky‘s transformational generative grammar, Givon‘s model of markedness and Halliday‘s functional grammar. Initially, deep structure and syntactic ambiguity from Chomsky‘s transformational generative grammar are discussed. Secondly, Givon‘s model of markedness is explained in relation to the marknedness status of clause types. Finally, the chapter discusses linguistic complexity in the light of functional grammar with a focus on four linguistic concepts, namely lexical density, grammatical metaphor, nominalisation and thematic structure.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:linguistic complexity, Chomsky's transformational generative grammar, Givon's model of markedness, Halliday's functional grammar
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:LOTE, ESL and TESOL curriculum and pedagogy
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:To, V (Dr Vinh To)
UTAS Author:Fan, S (Dr Frances Fan)
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
ID Code:102617
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2015-09-01
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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