Friday, 9 December 2016

The Ideational And Interpersonal Modes Of Meaning

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 30):
This distinction between two modes of meaning is not just made from outside; when the grammar is represented systemically, it shows up as two distinct networks of systems. What it signifies is that
  • (1) every message is both about something and addressing someone, and 
  • (2) these two motifs can be freely combined — by and large, they do not constrain each other.