Relational processes in Tagalog: A Systemic functional linguistic perspective

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This chapter is concerned with the way Tagalog clauses relate entities to one another, to qualities, and to a range of circumscribing relations (e.g. location in time and place). The analysis is informed by Systemic Functional Linguistics (hereafter SFL), as introduced in Matthiessen and Halliday (2009), Martin and Doran (2015a) and Martin, Wang, and Zhu (2013). In terms of this model of language, the chapter focuses on experiential meaning, as construed at clause rank in lexicogrammar, through systems generally referred to in SFL as transitivity (Martin & Doran, 2015b; Caffarel, Martin, & Matthiessen, 2004). More specifically, it presents a description of relational clauses in Tagalog, building on previous work on Tagalog transitivity (Martin, 1996a, 1996b, 2004).