Thursday, 31 July 2014

Hyponymic Elaboration Vs Meronymic Extension

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 92): 
While the choice of ‘level’ in hyponymic elaboration is the choice in delicacy of categorisation, the choice of level in a meronymic taxonomy is the choice in delicacy of focus.  The focus is typically on the whole (i.e. the most inclusive region within the meronymy) even if a specific part is particularly important.