chapter  2
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Systemic theories and lexicogrammar

Systemic Linguistics focuses on the resources or options that the grammar can provide to language users in generating meaning. The choices at various points enable the language users to convert their intentions into specific forms of language and, furthermore, to perform the intended functions. Halliday inherited this systemic view of language chiefly from Firth, and he was also influenced by other linguists or schools of linguistics such as Malinowski, the Prague School, Hjelmslev, Whorf, etc. In this section, a factual account of the development of Systemic Linguistics will be given, followed by some comments and criticism it has prompted.