Saturday, 7 May 2016

Exploiting Semogenic Potential: The Power Of Forming New Words

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 539):
For systematic scholarship it is necessary to technicalise some of the words that are used, and this imposes two requirements: the words must be interpretable in an abstract sense, since they need to refer not to outward appearances but to the properties and principles that lie behind them; and they need to relate to one another in a regular and systematic way, so as to form stable taxonomies.