Thursday, 15 March 2012

Relational [Static] Vs Material [Dynamic] Construals By Expansion Types

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 212):
Thus static location in space [enhancement] is construed relationally … but dynamic motion is construed materiallystatic possession [extension] is construed relationally … but dynamic transfer of possession is construed materially … and static quality [elaboration] is construed relationally … but dynamic change in quality is construed materially

Relational Clauses: Nature Of Unfolding

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 211-2):
Unlike ‘material’ clauses, but like ‘mental’ ones, ‘relational’ clauses prototypically construe change as unfolding ‘inertly’, without any input of energy — typically as a uniform flow without distinct phases of unfolding (unlike the contrast in material processes between the initial phase and the final phase of the unfolding of a process). … and this is reflected in the unmarked present tense … (simple) present …

Relational Clauses: Viewed From Above

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 211):
Both this outer experience [material] and this inner experience [mental] may be construed by ‘relational’ clauses; but they model this experience as ‘being’ rather than ‘doing’ or ‘sensing’.