Monday, 23 June 2014

Figures: Principle Of Organisation

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 53-4):
… a figure is constructed as an organic configuration of parts. Each part stands in a specific relation to the figure as a whole. The parts of a given configuration are (i) a nuclear process, (ii) one to three participants of different kinds taking part in the process, and (iii) up to around seven circumstances of different kinds associated with it.