Saturday, 15 November 2014

Processes Of Desideration: Directionality

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 141):
Processes of desideration are not bi-directional; here there is no ‘please’ type, only the ‘like’ type. Here the grammar upholds the view that we are in control of our desires.

Blogger Note:

On the other hand, perhaps verbs such as attracttempt and seduce can serve as desiderative processes of the 'please' type; otherwise, how else to explain the following projection nexus:
The talking snake tempted the naked woman to eat a piece of magic fruit.
The talking snake made the naked woman want to eat a piece of magic fruit.