Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Possessive Deictic In Incongruent Nominal Groups

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 367):
In an incongruent nominal group that corresponds to a congruent clause, a possessive Deictic may correspond to one of the participants in the transitivity structure of the clause, e.g.:
The Minister’s decision follows his efforts to mediate since the board decided to sack the matron several weeks ago. 
For 26 years journalists have followed John Paul II’s every move. His world travels, his Sunday blessings, his creation of cardinals and saints, and now his every sneeze.
or even (more restrictedly) to one of the circumstances, e.g.:
Yesterday’s decision by the Arbitration Commission effectively said ‘no’ to ordering employers to pay into superannuation schemes. 
At today’s official fixing by the five leading dealers, it was cut by 2s. 4d. per fine ounce – the lowest point for six weeks.