Towards a paradigmatic description of context: systems, metafunctions, and semantics

Ruqaiya Hasan*

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    This article hopes to make a contribution to the growing body of work on the paradigmatic description of context of situation. Having considered the limited achievements of earlier work on context, I offer a fairly detailed account of what is entailed in producing a consistent and precise description of a linguistic category by using the principles and methods of the paradigmatic mode of description devised by the systemic functional linguistics. The system network is a powerful device for an accurate and orderly representation of such a description. The paper will close with remarks on the importance of a scientific analysis of language use (parole) in developing a comprehensive post-Saussurean linguistic theory.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number9
    Pages (from-to)1-54
    Number of pages54
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2014

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    • Accuracy
    • Choice
    • Consistency
    • Context-metafunction resonance
    • Entry point
    • Individual system
    • Options
    • Realisation
    • Selection expression (SE)
    • Siultaneous sets
    • System networks (sys-net)


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