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An Interdisciplinary Journal of Language, Discourse & Communication Studies

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Volume 25, Issue 6


But me some buts: A multidimensional view of conjunction

Geoff Thompson
Published Online: 2005-10-13 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text.2005.25.6.763


Although the distinction between ‘external’ and ‘internal’ conjunction introduced by Halliday and Hasan (1976) is well established, mainstream studies have, with certain notable exceptions, tended to focus on ‘external’ types as the core categories and to present ‘internal’ conjunction as a relatively unmotivated set of pragmatic extensions of the core. The present paper, working within the broad framework of systemic functional linguistics (see, e.g., Halliday and Matthiessen 2004), makes the case for recognizing a more central role for ‘internal’ conjunction. Current accounts of ‘internal’ conjunction are reviewed and it is argued that the phenomenon can be defined with more precision than is done at present, even in those models that give it full weight. A more discriminating model of analysis is proposed and related to broader features of the language system. The paper concludes with a discussion of the implications of assigning greater importance to textual and interpersonal dimensions in descriptions of conjunction.

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Published Online: 2005-10-13

Published in Print: 2005-10-26

Citation Information: Text, Volume 25, Issue 6, Pages 763–791, ISSN (Online) 1613-4117, ISSN (Print) 0165-4888, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/text.2005.25.6.763.

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