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Title: A new parameter for the description of subject assignment: the term hierarchy "
Authors: Rodríguez Juárez, Carolina 
UNESCO Clasification: 57 Lingüística
Keywords: Accessibility
Functional (discourse) grammar
Implicational hierarchies
Subject assignment
Issue Date: 2006
Journal: Atlantis 
Abstract: The theoretical framework of Functional Grammar proposed by S. C. Dik highlights the relevance of implicational hierarchies for the different grammatical operations found in natural languages. In the case of the grammatical operation of Subject assignment, a group of priority hierarchies which predict the accessibility of term positions by virtue of their intrinsic properties have been claimed to directly impinge on the operation of Subject assignment. These typological hierarchies present term properties which are related to the term itself and to their referents. After balancing the postulates of Classical Dikkean Functional Grammar in general and the above-mentioned priority hierarchies in particular to a sampling of written material from the LOB Corpus, the main conclusion that emerges is that the internal structural complexity of the term must be recognised as a new relevant parameter for Subject assignment in English. Thus, I propose a new hierarchy, viz. the Term Hierarchy, which predicts the accessibility of term positions taking into account the internal structural complexity of the term in question.
ISSN: 0210-6124
Source: Atlantis: Revista de la Asociación Española de Estudios Anglo-Norteamericanos [ISSN 0210-6124], v. 28 (1), p. 71-88
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