Sunday, 11 March 2018

Relational Processes: Un/Marked Present Tense

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 260):
In the nature of the unfolding of the process, ‘relational’ clauses thus pattern like ‘mental’ ones rather than like ‘material’ ones; and this is reflected in the unmarked present tense. … The present in present is in fact highly marked and is largely restricted to ‘relational’ clauses of behavioural propensity.