Saturday, 19 January 2013

Hypotaxis: Logically Non-Symmetrical & Non-Transitive

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 384):
The hypotactic relation is logically (i) non-symmetrical and (ii) non-transitive. For example, ‘when’: (i) ‘I breathe when I sleep’ does not imply ‘I sleep when I breathe’; (ii) ‘I fret when I have to drive slowly’ and ‘I have to drive slowly when it’s been raining’ together do not imply ‘I fret when it’s been raining’.