Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Process & Participant: Relative Lexicalisation

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 180):
… both types of group include a specification of a primary experiential category — Thing in the nominal group and Event in the verbal group. But in the simple verbal group, this is the only semantic category that is lexicalised — other categories are represented grammatically by auxiliaries; whereas in the nominal group, there is a large amount of other lexical material.