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Materias : 550510 Filología570107 Lengua y literatura

Fecha de publicación : 2004

Fecha de depósito: 16-jul-2010

Tipo de documento: Artículo

En : Philologica Canariensia. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: Facultad de Filología de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1994-.- ISSN 1136-3169.- n. 10-11, 2004-2005, p. 131

Autor: Fernández Martínez, Dolores



BIBLID 1136-3169 (2004-2005) pp.
131-142 THEMATIC STRUCTURE IN OLD ENGLISH: FROM A CLAUSE-LEVEL SYNTAX TO A DISCOURSE-LEVEL SYSTEMIC PERSPECTIVE DOLORES FERNÁNDEZ MARTÍNEZ University of Jaén RESUMEN Asumiendo la universalidad de la noción de -Tema-, trataremos de explorar la aplicación de la estructura temática a textos en prosa del inglés antiguo siguiendo los postulados de Halliday en su Introduction to Functional Grammar. ABSTRACT Assuming the universality of the noüon of Theme, we shaU try to explore the application of thematic structure to oíd English prose texts foUowing Hallidays propositions in his Introduction to Functional Grammar PHILOLOGICA CANARIENSIA 10-11 (2004-2005), ISSN: 1136-3169 [5] DOLORES FERNÁNDEZ MARTÍNEZ 132 1.
CLAUSE: HALLIDAY One of the most challenging horizons of study opened to the researcher of the Anglo-Saxon period is centred on the opportunity to prove how some of the concepts postulated by modern ünguists, such as Hallidays notion of Theme, can also be projected to the study of Oíd English whenever we take into account that present-day linguistic assumptions, such as that of the essenüal requirement of a suprasentential level of examination defended by discourse analysts (cf Stubbs 1983), were similarly operating in the earüest forms of the Engüsh language. Despite the fact that Hallidays statements in Introduction to Functional Grammar (henceforth IFG) are only presented as a description of Modern English, he defends the concept of Theme as a language universal principie.
In both editions of IFG, HaUiday writes many tempting paragraphs in which he opens up inviting perspectives for exploration that have been used by many authors (cf Ronalds 1994; Cummings 1995; Davies 1996; Los 2002) to promote the appUcation of the T h e m e - Rheme construction to the Oíd English period. However, HaUidays impUcit aUuring suggestions are not deprived of problems and controversies.
He (1994[1985], 37) comments on t...

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