Friday, 26 April 2013

Facts: Impersonal Projection Of Proposals

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 480):
As with propositions, there is an impersonal form of expression, it is required/expected that you wait in line; these are the imperative (proposal) equivalents of it is said/thought that… with propositions.  They have an important function as ‘objective modulations’ whereby the speaker disclaims responsibility for making the rules.