Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Mental Clause With Embedded Fact

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 475):
A fact, as already pointed out, is an impersonal projection. However, it is possible for a fact to enter into a ‘mental’ process clause without being projected by it. In this case it functions as a Phenomenon within the mental process clause. For example:
The fact [[that he rides in such exalted company]] will not deter Scott.