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Resultative Attribute

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 242):
[The Attribute] enters into ‘material’ clauses in a restricted way. In certain clauses with an ‘elaborating’ outcome, the Attribute may be used to construe the resultant qualitative state of the Actor or Goal after the process has been completed … Such Attributes are called resultative Attributes. They are only marginal participants. While they are unlike cicumstances in that they are not marked by prepositions, they are also unlike true participants in that they cannot serve as Subject. There is in fact a closely related circumstance — the resultative Rôle or ‘product’

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Scope Vs Goal: Grammatical Distinctions

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 242):
… the Scope cannot be probed by do to or do with, whereas the Goal can. Since nothing is being ‘done to’ it, a Scope element can never have a resultative Attribute added within the clause, as a (transformative) Goal can … Similarly, a Scope element can never be configured with a circumstance of Rôle of the ‘product’ type. The Scope cannot be a personal pronoun, and it cannot normally be modified by a possessive [so don’t cross my path!]. Moreover, although generalised Scope–receptive clauses … are quite common, Scope–receptive clauses with specific Actors are rare. Thus while a Goal readily becomes Subject … it is unusual to make a Scope element ‘modally responsible’ in this way …

Monday, 15 January 2018

Scope: Semantic Vs Grammatical Perspectives

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 241):
Semantically the Scope element is not in any very obvious sense a participant in the process — it is not directly involved in the process by bringing it about, being affected by it or benefiting from it; but grammatically it is treated as a participant. So it can become Subject of the clause …

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Light/Vector Verbs & Cognate/Effective Objects

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 241n):
Jespersen (1942: 117) called verbs in such [Process + Scope] constructions ‘light verbs’, and this term is often used in the contemporary literature on English and also on other languages (e.g. Butt, 2003) – another term being ‘vector verb’. The Scope element in examples such as the candidate dances three dances, Waltz, Foxtrot and Quickstep, with an Amateur or Professional partner was traditionally recognised as a ‘cognate object’. Poutsma (1926) had noticed constructions with (in our terms) Process + Scope, characterising the verb realising the Process as having ‘vague meaning’ and calling the Scope an ‘effective object’; he analysed such configurations as ‘intransitive’.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Why Express A Process As Scope?

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 240-1):
… this structure enables us to specify further the number or kind of processes that take place. … The main reason for its prevalence is the greater potential that is open to nouns, in contrast to verbs, for being modified in different ways …

Friday, 12 January 2018

Scope: Process

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 240):
The Scope may be not an entity at all but rather another name for the process; … Consider I play tennis, where tennis is Scope. The game of tennis is clearly not an entity; there is no such thing as tennis other than the act of playing it.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Scope: Entity

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 240):
The Scope may construe an entity which exists independently of the process but which indicates the domain over which the process takes place. An example is You will be crossing some lonely mountains, so make sure you have enough petrol. … some lonely mountains specifies the range of the tourist’s crossing.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Material Clauses With Scopes

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 240):
… the Scope is restricted to ‘intransitive’ clauses (with the minor exception of clauses with give). This means that a material clause consisting of ‘nominal group + verbal group + nominal group’ can be either [transitive] Actor + Process + Goal or [intransitive] Actor + Process + Scope.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Material Clauses: 'Scope' [Defined]

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 293-4):
In contrast the Scope of a ‘material’ clause is not in any way affected by the performance of the process. Rather it either (i) construes the domain over which the process takes place … or (ii) construes the process itself, either in general or specific terms … There is not, in fact, a sharp line between these two; they really lie along a single continuum.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Goal vs Recipient/Client

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 239):
Like the Goal, both Recipient and Client are affected by the process; but while the Goal is the participant that is impacted by the process, the Recipient/Client is the one that benefits from it.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Realisation Of Recipients And Clients

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 239):
Most typically the Recipient/Client is realised by a nominal group denoting a human being; especially a personal pronoun, and most commonly of all a speech rôle (me, you, us), e.g. me in Mae West’s famous line Peel me a grape! But this is not necessarily so; the Recipient is a plant in did you give the philodendron some water?, and an abstract entity privilege in we... have today been given the rare privilege to be host to the nations of the world on our own soil. Nor, of course, is the ‘benefit’ necessarily beneficial: Claudius is Recipient in Locusta gave Claudius a dose of poison.

Saturday, 6 January 2018

The Systemic Environment Of Clients

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 239):
With a Client, the ‘service’ may likewise be construed as the Goal, especially a Goal of the ‘created’ as distinct from the ‘transformed’ type, one that is brought into being by the process – the ‘creative’ type of ‘transitive material’ clause; e.g. a picturethis house in he painted John a picturebuilt Mary a house. But it is really the process that constitutes the service; hence a Client may also appear in an ‘intransitive’ clause – one that has no Goal, but has either Process + Scope, e.g. played Mary a tune, or else Process only, as in play for me. These last cannot appear without for (play me); in order to show that they are Client it is necessary to add a Scope element in final position (play for me – play a tune for me – play me a tune).

Friday, 5 January 2018

The Transfer Of Possession: Giving Vs Depriving

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 238-9, 239n):
Note that the transfer of possession can alternatively be modelled in the grammar as depriving somebody of something rather than as giving something to somebody; in this model, the original owner is construed either circumstantially as a locative source, as in take/steal/borrow money from a friend, or participantally as the Goal, with the goods being transferred construed circumstantially as Matter, as in rob/deprive him of [‘in respect of’] his money. … 
These two models for construing the experience of transfer of possession are thus grammatically distinct in English. The ‘giving’ model constitutes a distinct type in the grammar of transitivity – the configuration of Actor + Process + Goal + Recipient. In contrast, the ‘depriving’ model is not a distinct one; it is based on a more general pattern of participant + circumstance:
(i) [possession as participant] Actor + Process + Goal + Place (e.g. they took his most cherished belongings from him) or 
(ii) [original owner as participant] Actor + Process + Goal + Matter (e.g. they robbed him of his most cherished belongings).
To account for the relationship between these two lexicogrammatical models in English, we have to move up to the level of semantics.

Thursday, 4 January 2018

The Systemic Environment Of Recipients

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 238):
Recipients and Clients occur in systemically different environments. Recipients occur only in ‘transitive transformative’ clauses of the ‘extending’ type; and within that category, they occur with those clauses that denote a transfer of the Actor’s possession of goods – transfer to the Recipient.  Here the Goal represents the ‘goods’ being transferred.

Blogger Comment:

Consider the intransitive instances But I gave generously to you.  Won't you now give to me in return?

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

'Give' + Scope

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 237n):
And there are clauses with give which, though superficially like transfer of possession, differ from these in that they do not exhibit the contrast between + preposition and – preposition. These are clauses with a nominalised verb as one participant, as in give somebody a kick/punch/kiss/hug. Thus while we can say, he gave the dog a kick, we are much less likely say he gave a kick to the dog. Such clauses are in fact mildly metaphorical variants of clauses where kick, punch, kiss, hug, etc. is a verb serving as the Process: he gave the dog a kick: he kicked the dog. This suggests that the nominalised verb is in fact a Scope rather than a Goal and that what might at first appear to be a Recipient is in fact construed as a Goal (and can thus be probed with do to/with): [Actor:] he [Process:] gave [Goal:] the dog [Scope:] a kick (cf. what he did to the dog was give it a kick but not what he did with the kick was give the dog it) …

Blogger Comments:


the dog
a stick
Process: material

the dog
a kick
Process: material

is metaphorical for:
the dog
Process: material

So 'give' provides the only means of construing Scope in a transitive clause.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Material Clauses With Recipients

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 238, 238n):
Recipients and Clients occur in systemically different environments … Recipients occur only in ‘transitive transformative’ clauses of the ‘extending’ type; and within that category, they occur with those clauses that denote a transfer of the possession of goods.  Here the Goal represents the ‘goods’ being transferred… 
They are thus the material version of possessive relational clauses. Fawcett (1988) treats them as relational rather than as material. But in our interpretation, they are simply part of a general pattern of agnation between material clauses on the one hand and relational and existential ones on the other: creative material clauses are related to existential clauses and transformative material clauses to relational clauses (more specifically, elaborating transformation — intensive relation, extending transformation — possessive relation, and enhancing transformation — circumstantial relation).

Monday, 1 January 2018

Client vs Behalf

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 237):
Clients tend to be more restricted than Recipients; in I’m doing all this for Maryfor Mary is not a Client but a type of circumstance of Cause (Behalf).

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Material Clauses: Recipient & Client

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 237):
The two functions of Recipient and Client resemble one another in that both construe a benefactive rôle; they represent a participant that is benefiting from the performance of the process. The Recipient is the one that goods are given to; the Client is one that services are done for. Either may appear with or without a preposition, depending on its position in the clause … the preposition is to with Recipient, for with Client.

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Material Clauses: Scope, Recipient, Client & Attribute

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 236):
Of these four participant roles, Scope is the most general across different types of ‘material’ clause … but they are all more restricted than Actor and Goal.

Friday, 29 December 2017

Material Clauses: Inherent Participants

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 236): 
The Actor is an inherent participant in both intransitive and transitive material clauses; the Goal is inherent only in transitive clauses. In addition to these two roles, there are a number of other participant roles that may be involved in the process of a ‘material’ clause; these are: Scope, Recipient, Client and (more marginally) Attribute.

Thursday, 28 December 2017

Transformative Material Clauses: Outcomes As Expansion Types

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 232-3):
The outcome of the transformation is an (1) elaboration, (2) extension or (3) enhancement of the Actor (‘intransitive’) or Goal (‘transitive’) …

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

The Systemic Valeur Of The Feature 'Transformative'

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 232):
The ‘transformative’ type of ‘material’ clause covers a much wider range than the ‘creative’ type. As always, it is difficult to find an appropriate term for the grammatical category. We have to understand it in the context of the relevant systemic contrast. Thus ‘transformative’ means that the Actor (‘intransitive’) or Goal (‘transitive’) exists prior to the onset of the unfolding of the process, and is changed in some way or other through the unfolding of the process.

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

How To Tell Transformatives From Creatives [Diagnostic]

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 232):
Neither happen to or do to/with can be used [as probes] with creative clauses …

Monday, 25 December 2017

Intransitive Transformative Material Clauses: Probing Actor (Medium)

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 232):
The Actor of an ‘intransitive’ ‘transformative’ clause can be probed by happen to

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Transitive Transformative Material Clauses: Probing Goal (Medium)

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 232):
The Goal of a ‘transitive’ ‘transformative’ clause exists before the process begins to unfold and is transformed in the course of the unfolding. It can be probed by means of do to, do with

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Transformative Material Clauses: Outcomes

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 232):
In a ‘transformative’ clause, the outcome is the change of some aspect of the Actor (‘intransitive’) or the Goal (‘transitive’). … In the limiting case, the outcome of the final phase is to maintain the conditions of the initial phase …
Unlike ‘creative’ clauses, ‘transformative’ ones can often have a separate element representing the outcome … an Attribute specifying the resultant state of the Goal. Even where the sense of outcome is inherent in the process, the outcome may be indicated by the ‘particle’ of a phrasal verb, as in shut down

Friday, 22 December 2017

Intransitive Creative Materials Vs Existentials [Diagnostics]

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 231-2):
‘Intransitive’ ‘creative’ clauses have the sense of ‘come into existence’ and shade into clauses of the ‘existential’ process type. One difference is the unmarked present tense: it is present–in–present for material clauses … but the simple present in existential ones. Another difference is the potential for a construction with there as Subject in existential clauses, but not in creative material ones.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Processes Of Destruction

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 231):
However, processes of destruction seem to be treated by the grammar as ‘transformative’ rather than as ‘creative’ …

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Phase–As–Process As Grammatical Metaphor

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 231n):
In hypotactic verbal group complexes, the phase (starting, continuing; trying, succeeding; and so on) is an expansion of the process itself; but [where] the phase is construed as a process in its own right … such examples … shade into metaphorical variants of clauses with phased verbal group complexes;

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Phase As Creative Material Process

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 231):
In the category of ‘creative’ clauses, we can perhaps also include phases of creation, as in Then I started my first novel, where started can be interpreted as ‘began to write’, and I’d better try some more non-fiction, where try can be interpreted as ‘try to write’.

Monday, 18 December 2017

Creative Material Clauses: Outcome

Halliday & Matthiessen (2014: 231):
In a ‘creative’ clause, the outcome is the coming into existence of the Actor (‘intransitive’) or the Goal (‘transitive’). The outcome is thus this participant itself, and there is no separate element in the clause representing the outcome.