Sunday, 4 January 2015

Guiding Principles In the Semanticisation Of Experience

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 166):
The semantic system embodies certain general principles which guide the choice of one or other pattern of construal. These include: 
(a) whether the process is non-actualised (‘irrealis’) or actualised (‘realis’);
(b) how the process unfolds in time (its eventuation profile);
participants and circumstances:
(a) whether they are
(i) general class,
(ii) non-specific representatives of a class or
(iii) specific representatives;
(b) how far, and in what ways, they are involved in the process.