Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Verbal Group Complex And The Cline From Figure To Sequence

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 248):
Note that where the grammar has a simple verbal group, this construes a single ‘process’ element in the figure. Where the clause contains a verbal group complex, while this (congruently) still construes a single ‘process’ it is now somewhere along the cline towards a sequence of two figures. Thus: the government deregistered the union —> the government moved to deregister the union —> the government moved/acted (in order) to deregister the union.