Monday, 16 April 2012

Prepositional Phrase: A Hybrid Construction

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 261):
But a prepositional phrase is an odd sort of hybrid construction. It has a nominal group inside it, as a constituent, so it looks bigger than a group; and yet it is still not quite a clause. In English, this nominal group inside a prepositional phrase is no different from a nominal group functioning directly as a participant in a clause … But it is allowed in, as it were, only indirectly — through the intermediary of a preposition