Monday, 26 November 2012

Sequent Tense Systems (System II)

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 343):
System II is that which is available after a past projection [ie projecting clause] such as they said. … What happens here is that in the environment of a ‘past’ feature, the past element in three of the System II tenses is neutralised; past, past in present and past in past [are] all represented as past in past. Since there are six such triads, System II has 2 x 6 =12 fewer tenses than System I.