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Transitivity System
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In terms of systemic functional linguistics, a clause is the basic grammatical unit to represent a process, the meaning of which is realized by the verb termed Process. The semantic configuration of a process consists of the process itself, the participants of the process, and the Circumstance involved in the process (Halliday and Matthiessen 1999, 2008, Halliday and Matthiessen 2004, 2008). The transitivity system describes correlatively the grammar of processes, including process types, clause…

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Guowen YANG, “Transitivity System”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 01 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000429>
First published online: 2015

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