Saturday, 10 December 2016

Pageviews by Countries

Graph of most popular countries among blog viewers
EntryPageviews
United States
8170
United Kingdom
2113
Australia
1501
France
1126
Ukraine
913
Russia
896
Poland
364
Canada
337
Germany
275
Indonesia
274

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Time Phase Vs Reality Phase In Identifying Processes

Phase: time: inceptive
the child
became
the man
Token
Process: relational: identifying: intensive
Value

Phase: reality: realised
his first novel
proved
the most successful
Token
Process: relational: identifying: intensive
Value 

For time phase vs reality phase, see here.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

The Transitivity Of Labile Verbs

the pot
broke
Actor/Medium
Process: material


I
broke
the pot
Initiator/Agent
Process: material
Actor/Medium

See Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 339, 351-3).

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 340):
As we noted above, if we examine the lexis of modern English, and look up large samples of verbs in a good dictionary, we find that many of them, including the majority of those that are in common use, carry the label ‘both transitive and intransitive’. If we investigate these further, we find that where the same verb occurs with each of these two values the pairs of clauses that are formed in this way, with the given verb as Process, are not usually intransitive/transitive pairs but non-ergative/ergative ones. There are intransitive/transitive pairs, like the tourist hunted/the tourist hunted the lion, where the tourist is Actor in both. But the majority of verbs of high frequency in the language yield pairs of the other kind, like the tourist woke/the lion woke the tourist, where the relationship is an ergative one. If we express this structure in transitive terms, the tourist is Actor in the one and Goal in the other; yet it is the tourist that stopped sleeping, in both cases. Compare the boat sailed/Mary sailed the boat, the cloth tore/the nail tore the cloth, Tom’s eyes closed/Tom closed his eyes, the rice cooked/Pat cooked the rice, my resolve weakened/the news weakened my resolve.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Theme & Mood Ellipsis

Theme
Rheme
it
will be basically (‘as follows’)*
a lot of like-minded people
get together

meet

inspire each other

bring a little more culture to this world

The above analysis treats it will be, basically as a textual strategy — introducing what follows — as suggested by the information distribution and the simple present tense; cf basicallythe thing is… .  Treating the instance as a single possessive attributive clause downplays the function of a lot of like-minded people both as point of departure (Theme) and as the carrier of modal responsibility (Subject), as well as the cohesion provided by its ellipsis in the final three propositions.


Theme
Rheme
And
you
can just come in
(and)

just be inspired by the people


meet new people
(and)

create art itself of all forms

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

An Angle On Attribution


It
seems
senseless
to us
[[that this incident has led to a loss of life]]
Car-
Process: relational
Attribute
Angle: viewpoint
-rier

cf

It
strikes
us
as senseless
[[that this incident has led to a loss of life]]
Pheno-
Process: mental: cognitive
Senser
Rôle: guise
-menon


Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 328):
Angle [viewpoint] is related … to the Senser of a ‘mental’ clause…

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 326):
the Rôle corresponds to the Attribute or Value of an ‘intensive relational’ clause.