Saturday, 3 January 2015

Figure As Analysis & Synthesis

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 165): 

A figure embodies both analysis and synthesis of our experience of the world: an analysis into component parts, and a synthesis of these parts into a configuration.  That is, process, participants and circumstances are separated out analytically and are thus given independent phenomenal statuses.  This is a creative act of construal.  The world is not seamless and amorphous; it is highly variable in the way it presents itself to us as experience — in its perceptual salience, physical impact and material and psychological benefit.  But it is not “given” to us as an established order; we have to construe it.