Thursday, 4 October 2012

Adverbial Group & Prepositional Phrase: Functional Potential

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 311):
… there is functional overlap between adverbial group (and conjunction group) and prepositional phrase. They have the same general functional potential; but they differ in two related respects. 
 (1) Since prepositional phrases include a nominal group, they have greater expressive potential than adverbial groups. 
 (2) Consequently they can construe more experientially complex circumstances.