"Agreement" as a perspectivizing device in discourse

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The description of agreement brings into play a number of different componentsand levels of analysis. This chapter’s goal is to show how stating certainagreement facts requires reference to each of the levels and components availablewithin the Functional Discourse Grammar model. Agreement’s raisond’être in discourse concerns the (re)identification and establishment of referents.Its manifestation depends on the assumed properties of the intended referentas conceptualised by users, as well as on what is being predicated of it. Thusagreement is not purely redundant, semantically empty and grammaticallypredictable (as is often claimed), but may perform several key functions at thelevel of discourse, the chief one of which is the superimposition of a referentialperspective on the intended referent.


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