Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author He, Qingshun, author

Title Absolute clauses in English from the systemic functional perspective : a corpus-based study / Qingshun He, Bingjun Yang
Published Heidelberg : Springer, 2015
Online access available from:
Springer eBooks    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (xx, 178 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series The M.A.K. Halliday Library functional linguistics series, 2198-9869
M. A. K. Halliday Library functional linguistics series.
Contents Introduction -- Absolute Clauses in the Literature -- Approaching Absolute Clauses from the SFL Perspective -- Research Design -- Relationships Realized by Absolute Clauses -- Absolute Clauses Distributed in Three Corpora -- Discussions -- Conclusion
Summary This book focuses on the structural diversity, semantic variability, case choice, stylistic characteristics and diachronic distribution of English absolute clauses. The syntactic roles assumed by absolute clauses in the traditional sense can be categorized into clausal adjuncts, attendant circumstances and appositives. These three types of function correspond to the three hypotactic expansions in the relation system of clause complexes in Systemic Functional Linguistics, i.e., elaboration, extension and enhancement. This research, therefore, redefines absolute clauses in the framework of SFL and proposes four syntactic types of absolute clauses: absolute paratactic clauses (elaboration), absolute hypotactic clauses (extension and enhancement), absolute projected clauses (fact and act) and absolute embedded clauses (subject). Based on the Brown family corpora, BNC and COHA, this research finds that different function types of absolute clauses differ in terms of their stylistic and diachronic distributions, and both nominative and accusative cases are acceptable
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Online resource; title from PDF title page (SpringerLink, viewed March 5, 2015)
Subject Corpora (Linguistics)
English language -- Absolute constructions.
Form Electronic book
Author Yang, Bingjun, author
ISBN 3662463660 (print)
3662463679 (electronic bk.)
9783662463666 (print)
9783662463673 (electronic bk.)