Friday, 7 June 2013

Verbal Group Complex Vs Clause Complex

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 505, 505n):
A clause containing a verbal group complex is still a single clause, and represents a single process. It has only one transitivity and voice structure. …
Where there is a shift in transitivity, as in you’ll either kill someone or get killed yourself, the structure is that of a clause nexus, not a verbal group nexus.