Friday, 20 April 2012

Abstract Space

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 266):
… the construal of abstract space often involves a ‘material’ process of motion through space … The abstractness is a feature of the clause as a whole, not just a single element; but the ‘clue’ to the abstract interpretation may be a single element or a combination of elements. The Location itself may be an abstract onethe participant placed in relation to the Location may be an abstraction … or the participant causing this participant to be placed in relation to the Location may be an abstraction