Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Emotion, Attitude & Modality

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 141n):
Emotion is related to interpersonal attitude — I rejoice that she’s returned : she has, happily, returned. Unlike modality, attitude is not an assessment of the validity of the clause (grammatically it is not a Mood Adjunct). Rather, it is a comment on the information presented in a clause.