Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Hypotactic Nominal Group Complex: Dominant Vs Dependent Elements

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 493-4):
In a hypotactic nominal group complex, the dominant element can, in principle, serve the same function as the whole complex, but dependent elements cannot. … While the dominant element has to be a nominal group, dependent elements can be adverbial groups or prepositional phrases.