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By M. A. K. Halliday, Christian M. I. M. Matthiessen

This article explores how people construe event. this implies event as a source, as a possible for figuring out, representing and performing on truth. it really is by way of this strength that the details of lifestyle are interpreted: they make experience simply because they're instantiations of this strength. the development of expertise is mostly regarded as wisdom, having the shape of conceptual taxonomies, schemata, scripts and so on. The authors supply an interpretation that's complementary to this, treating event now not as understanding yet as which means; and for that reason as whatever that's construed in language. In different phrases, the worry is with the construal of human event as a semantic method; and because language performs the important function not just in storing and replacing event but additionally in construing it, language is taken because the interpretative base. the focal point of the publication is either theoretical and descriptive. the key descriptive part is an account of the main basic positive factors of the ideational semantics of English, that is then exemplified in regularly occurring textual content kinds (recipes and climate forecasts).

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G. Fawcett, 1984; Henrici, 1966; on the use of system networks 42 1. Theoretical Preliminaries in semantics, see Hafflday, 1973, 1984b; Hasan, 1989, 1996: Ch. 5); on formal and computational issues, cf. also Bateman & Momma, 1991; Patten & Ritchie, 1987; Kasper, 1988; Mellish, 1988; Brew (1991); Henschel, 1994; Teich, 1995). Each system constitutes a choice (alternation, opposition) between two or more terms. These terms are represented by features, and a system as a whole is a Boolean combination of features: (1) It has an entry condition, the condition under which the systemic choice is available.

Since lexicalized meanings do not form clearly defined and bounded systems in the way that grammaticalized ones do, we might consider meanings of this kind less highly codified, although the process of codification is the same in both cases. Somewhere between the two extremes of grammar and lexis we may recognize the emergence of distinct grammatical structures and lexical classes. In the course of the history of English the meaning 'it is precipitating1 became highly codified, in that types 24 1.

Is she earning? she's coming ? Typically processes of this type leave their traces in the form of marking, as mated/ unmarked oppositions. The original member of the set remains the unmarked one. (One could say 'the unmarked term in the system1; but this formulation assumes that the offspring combine with the parent to form a system. ) In these first set of examples, the unmaiked mapping is that of participant ^ noun; when the noun realizes some other element in the figure, it is a marked variant (see on grammatical metaphor, Chapter 6 below).

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