Wednesday, 11 March 2015

The Nature Of Grammatical Categorisation

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 193-4):
The grammar imposes a categorisation that is compromising, fluid, indeterminate and constantly in process of change, along with changes in the human condition and in the interaction of humans with their environment. Yet it is also strong enough to bear and carry forward this wealth of often conflicting experience, and transmit it over and over again from one generation of human beings to the next.