Grammar as a gateway into discourse: A systemic functional approach to Subject, Theme, and logic

Kazuhiro Teruya

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The paper illustrates grammar as a meaning-making resource for early intermediate to advanced adult learners. It focuses on the environment of clause complexing, where different functions, such as Subject and Theme, are unified to construct a rhetorically oriented language logic. The paper suggests that learners' awareness of this logic offers a gateway into discourse by enabling them to 'think grammatically'.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-79
Number of pages13
JournalLinguistics and Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 23 Mar 2009


  • Clause complex
  • Language logic
  • Systemic functional grammar
  • Thinking grammatically

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education
  • Linguistics and Language

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