Thursday, 17 July 2014

Construing Perceptual Experience As General And Abstract Meanings

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 82):
The earlier experiences are clearly situated by virtue of the child’s perception. But once the process of construal has been established, experience can be generalised in the form of semantic classes, and classes of classes; it can be further explored in terms of the semantic system itself; it can be developed vicariously through discourse, and extended to include purely abstract categories.