Friday, 9 September 2016

The Central Meaning–Making Resource Of Language

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 603-4):
The central meaning–making resource of language — its “content plane” — is stratified into two systems: that of lexicogrammar, and that of semantics. The semantic system is the ‘outer layer’, the interface where experience is transformed into meaning. The ‘inner layer’ is the grammar, which masterminds [!] the way this transformation takes place.