Friday, 20 April 2012

Abstract Location Vs Other Circumstances [Diagnostic: WH– Probe]

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 266-7):
Abstract space is the source of various expressions that serve as realisations of other types of circumstance such as Manner … Rôle … It can be difficult to determine whether such an expression serves as an abstract Location or as a circumstance of another type. But probes involving Wh– items usually help us draw the line. For example, using the spatial where

Abstract Space

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 266):
… the construal of abstract space often involves a ‘material’ process of motion through space … The abstractness is a feature of the clause as a whole, not just a single element; but the ‘clue’ to the abstract interpretation may be a single element or a combination of elements. The Location itself may be an abstract onethe participant placed in relation to the Location may be an abstraction … or the participant causing this participant to be placed in relation to the Location may be an abstraction

Location: Structural Realisation

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 265):
The typical structure is an adverbial group or prepositional phrase … Note adverbial group/prepositional phrase complexes expressing spatial and temporal paths … Under certain conditions a temporal preposition may be left out

Location: Source, Path & Destination

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 265):
Place includes not only static location in space, but also the source, path and destination of movement. Similarly, time includes not only static location in time, but also the temporal analogues of source, path and destination.

Location: Spatial Or Temporal [Diagnostic: Interrogative Probe]

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 265):
Location construes … the place where it [the process] unfolds or the time when it unfolds.  The general interrogatives of Location are where?, when?.