Conceptual representation and formulation

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The chapter begins with an outline of the Conceptual Component of FDG, in the context of the broader model of verbal interaction of which it forms part. Particular attention is paid to the issue of prelinguistic intentions, and proposals are made as to how these may be represented in a sufficiently formal manner to support a dynamic, computational implementation of FDG. Next, it is shown how the Formulator may convert such conceptualizations into underlying linguistic representations, by means of a formally described process. This is illustrated with particular reference to passive and possessive constructions in English and Welsh, thus displaying the potential of the multi-stratal FDG model in elucidating such grammatical phenomena at the different underlying Levels involved.


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