Saturday, 2 September 2017

The Realisation Of Mood In English: General Principle

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 170):
In the grammar of MOOD in English, the general principle is that less delicate distinctions in mood are realised through the Mood element — its presence and the nature and relative sequence of its element, Subject and Finite, plus the presence of the WH- element, whereas more delicate distinctions are realised by distinctions in tone. But such patterns vary across languages.