Thursday, 11 October 2012

Attitudinal Adjectives Functioning As Post–Deictic

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 319):
… many of them may also occur as post–Deictic; in that case their deictic function consists rather in referring to, or even constructing, an occasion of shared experience as in a miserable few dishes of peanuts.

Post–Deictics: Attitude

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 317):
Also found in the post–Deictic position in the nominal group are words expressing the speaker’s attitude (to the thing, or else to the world in general), such as wretched, miserable, lovely, splendid, as in those lovely two evenings in Bali.

Post–Deictics: Space–Time

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 317):
Post–Deictic items referring to space–time may alternatively be interpreted as a type of Numerative expressing place in order.

Post–Deictics: Subcategorisation

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 316-7):
These can be interpreted in terms of
(1) the categories of expansion [elaborating (identity vs exemplification), extending and enhancing (space–time vs comparison)] and
(2) the categories of projection [modality (modalisation vs modulation) and report (locution vs idea)].

Post–Deictics: Realisation

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 316):
The words occurring as post–Deictic are adjectives, and may also occur in the function of Epithet …

Post–Deictic [Function]

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 316):
The post–Deictic identifies a subset of the class of ‘thing’ by referring to its fame or familiarity, its status in the text, or its similarity/dissimilarity to some other designated subset.