Monday, 9 April 2012

Possessive Attributive Clauses: Possession As Process

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 245):
If the relationship of possession is construed as the Process, then two further possibilities arise. Either the possessor is the carrier and the possessed is the AttributeOr the possessed is the Carrier and the possessor is the Attribute … Neither of the two, of course, is reversible …

Possessive Attributive Clauses: Possession As Attribute

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 245):
These are not, in fact, syntagmatically distinct from ‘identifying’ clauses; the clause the piano is Peter’s could be either ‘attributive’, ‘the piano is a member of the class of Peter’s possessions’ or ‘identifying’, ‘the piano is identified as belonging to Peter’. (Note that the reversed [form] Peter’s is the piano can only be ‘identifying’.)

Possessive Attributive Clauses: Possession As Attribute

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 245):
If the relationship is construed as the Attribute, then it takes the form of a possessive nominal group … the thing possessed is the Carrier and the possessor is the Attribute.

Possessive Attributive Clauses

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 245):
In the ‘attributive’ mode, the possessive relationship may again be construed either as attribute … or as process …