Monday, 8 June 2015

Clusters Of Grammatical Metaphors: Syndromes

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 244):
When we find grammatical metaphors in discourse, they nearly always cluster into what we are calling syndromes; these are typical clusterings of metaphorical effects among which there is some kind of interdependence (for example, in the government decided => the government’s decision, there is an obvious relationship between decide => decision, process as thing, and the government => the government’s, participant as possessor of the thing).