Sunday, 19 February 2012

Conjunctive Adjuncts Vs Conjunctions

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 83-4):
… whereas conjunctions set up a grammatical (systemic–structural) relationship with another clause, which may be either preceding or following, the relationship established by conjunctive Adjuncts, while semantically cohesive, is not a structural one (hence they can relate only to what has gone before). These Adjuncts often are thematic; but they do not have to be.

Textual & Interpersonal Themes

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 83):
… the speaker or writer is making explicit the way the clause relates to the surrounding discourse (textual), or projecting his or her own angle on the value of what the clause is saying (interpersonal) …

Interpersonal Themes

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 81):
VocativeModal comment AdjunctFinite verbal operator

Textual Themes

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 81): 
continuativeconjunctionconjunctive Adjunct

Topical Theme

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 79):
The guiding principle of thematic structure is this: the Theme contains one, and only one, of these experiential elements. This means that the Theme of a clause ends with the first constituent that is either participant, circumstance or process. We refer to this constituent, in its textual function, as the topical Theme.