Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Covariation Between Context And Language Is Differentiated Metafunctionally

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 321):
… the covariation between context and language is not undifferentiated — it is differentiated according to the functional diversification of each of the two strata: the variables of context correlate respectively with the metafunctions of language, field with ideational, tenor with interpersonal, and mode with textual. These pairs are mutually predictive.