Lachlan Mackenzie

Functional Discourse Grammar

The main focus of my research is on the development of Functional Discourse Grammar (FDG) together with Kees Hengeveld and many other researchers worldwide. This model differs from other approaches to the analysis of languages in taking the discourse act as its basic unit of analysis. It is strongly oriented to language typology. FDG distinguishes four levels of linguistic organization (interpersonal, representational, morphosyntactic and phonological) and orders these levels in a top-down fashion. Each level is structured hierarchically. Major publications in this area are Hengeveld & Mackenzie (2008), Keizer (2015) and Hengeveld & Mackenzie's article in Heine & Narrog (2015). For a complete bibliography and other information about this approach, see the Functional Discourse Grammar homepage.