Functional Grammar
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1. Overview

Functional Grammar as an instantiation of the Functional Paradigm is a pragmatically oriented linguistic theory meant to describe and explain the grammatical organization of natural languages primarily conceptualized as instruments of social interaction. It is commonly opposed to the Formal Paradigm as represented, for example, by Generative Grammar. An excellent account of the theory of Functional Grammar …

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Ahmed Moutaouakil, “Functional Grammar”, in: Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: Lutz Edzard, Rudolf de Jong. Consulted online on 12 November 2018 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004177024, 20090831

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