Saturday, 8 December 2012

Textual Motivation For Phrasal Verbs

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 353):
… to leave the focus unmarked — that is, at the end … a phrasal verb splits the Process into two parts, one functioning as Predicator and the other as Adjunct, with the Adjunct coming in its normal place at the end. … This also explains … [why] if the Goal is a pronoun it almost always occurs within the phrasal verb. … a pronoun is hardly ever newsworthy, since it refers to something that has gone before, so if the Goal is a pronoun it is virually certain that the process will be under focus. (But not quite; the pronoun may be contrastive, and so it can come finally …)