Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Group Vs Phrase

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 311):
A phrase is different from a group in that, whereas a group is an expansion of a word, a phrase is a contraction of a clause. Starting at opposite ends, the two achieve roughly the same status on the rank scale, as units that lie somewhere between the rank of a clause and that of a word.

Group As Word Complex

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 310):
… a group is in some respects equivalent to a word complex — that is, a combination of words built up on the basis of a particular logical relation. This is why it is called a group (= ‘group of words’).