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Thai transitivity : a functional grammar analysis


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Yiemkuntitavorn, S 2005 , 'Thai transitivity : a functional grammar analysis', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This research is a study on a functional analysis of an aspect of Thai grammar. It is
based on the theoretical framework of Systemic Functional Theory developed by
Halliday and other systemicists. Though Systemic Functional Theory has been widely
used in the West for linguistic analysis, it has not captured the attention of research in
Thai linguistics. Thus, this study attempts to make this research transition as its
contribution to Thai linguistics. The focus is on the description of the experiential
grammar of the clause or the system of TRANSITIVITY. In Functional Grammar, which
is the core of Systemic Functional Theory, formal units in natural language display a
variety of simultaneous grammatical structures, which are fused together in the
process of realisation. These structures are the syntagmatic expressions of
paradigmatic choices which are themselves realisationally related to the
metafunctions of language. Both the paradigmatic and syntagmatic aspects of the
experiential grammar of the Thai clause will be examined. This study consists of three
components: (a) reviewing the linguistic analysis of Thai from different grammatical
perspectives, (b) examining the reasons why Functional Grammar provides deep
linguistic insights into the understanding of Thai linguistics, and (c) conducting a
comprehensive analysis of the Thai system of transitivity.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Yiemkuntitavorn, S
Keywords: Thai language
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Thesis (PhD)--University of Tasmania, 2005. Includes bibliographical references

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