Sunday, 22 April 2012

Reason: Realisation & WH– Probe


Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 269-70):
A circumstantial expression of Reason … is typically expressed by a prepositional phrase with through, from, for or a complex preposition such as because of, as a result of, thanks to, due to; also the negative for want of … There is also one class of expressions with of, one of the few places where of functions as a full preposition (ie representing a minor process) as distinct from being merely a structure marker … The corresponding WH– forms are why? or how?.