Sunday, 22 March 2015

Regretting A Fact

He regretted (the fact) that he had lied.


He
regretted
(the fact) [[that he had lied]]
Senser
Process: mental: emotive
Phenomenon: metaphenomenon


Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 471):
A fact clause serving as Head in a nominal group without a fact noun can be related to the first class of fact noun — that of 'cases', since such a fact clause is always agnate with an expanded nominal group with fact as Head.  Whether the nominal group has a fact noun as Head or not, the fact clause is embedded.  Because there is no projecting process involved, to which it could be paratactically or hypotactically related, a fact can appear only in embedded form: either as Qualifier to a 'fact' noun, or as a nominalisation on its own.

the
fact
[[that he had lied]]
Deictic
Thing
Qualifier


[[that he had lied]]
Qualifier/Head

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