Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The Resources For Creating Discourse Within The Grammar

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 87-8):
These textual resources are of two kinds: (i) structural; (ii) cohesive. … The grammar construes structural units up to the rank of the clause complex …; there it stops. But although the grammar stops here, the semantics does not: the basic semantic unit is the text … So the grammar provides other, non-structural resources for managing the flow of discourse: for creating semantic links across sentences — or rather, semantic links which work equally well either within or across sentences. These latter are referred to collectively under the name of cohesion

The Textual Component Within The Grammar

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 87):
… the resource for creating discourse — text that ‘hangs together’, with itself and its context of situation.