Monday, 16 April 2012

Indirect Participants Vs Circumstances

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 261):
We can make a contrast, then, between direct and indirect participants, using ‘indirect participant’ to refer to the status of a nominal group that is inside a prepositional phrase … the participant rôles of (1) Client, Recipient and Receiver [ie Beneficiary] and (2) Scope, Behaviour and Verbiage [ie Range] are sometimes expressed ‘indirectly’ in this sense … The elements we are treating as ‘circumstantial’ are those in which the participant typically — and in many cases obligatorily — is indirect, being linked into the process via some preposition or other.