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Tense Sequence in Procedural Discourse

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Title:Tense Sequence in Procedural Discourse
Authors:Reid, Lawrence A.
Keywords:Discourse structure
Verbal morphology
LC Subject Headings:Grammar, Comparative and general
Philippine languages
Date Issued:1971
Citation:Reid, Lawrence. "Tense Sequence in Procedural Discourse." The Archive 2, no. 2 (1971): 15-42.
vol. 2
no. 2
Abstract:One of the fallacies of some current grammatical theories is that the symbol which dominates all others is S. Given a grammar which adequately accounts for all sentences in a given language, it will still fall far short of an adequate account of the grammatical structure of that language unless it also accounts for the structures of which the sentences are a constituent part. Just as words relate to each other in various ways to form various types of phrases, so phrases relate to each other to form predications, and predications relate, in various ways, some specifiable in terms of formal. Logic and others not, to form various types of statement. Statements likewise relate in various formal ways to form structures of higher level, or greater internal complexity, traditionally called paragraphs, and these join together by various formal means to form the structure which really dominates all structures, the discourse.
Pages/Duration:29 pages
Appears in Collections: Lawrence A. Reid: Articles, Monographs, Book Chapters

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