Saturday, 13 October 2012

Interpersonal Epithets: Reflections In The Grammar

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 319):
Interpersonal Epithets also tend to be reinforced by other words, or other features, all contributing to the same meaning: synonyms … , intensifiers, swear–words, particular intonation contours, voice quality features and the like.

Adjectives Of Interpersonal Quality: Epithet Vs Post–Deictic

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 319):
But whereas with adjectives of experiential quality the difference between Epithet and post–Deictic is rather clear (eg the three famous musketeers, the famous three musketeers), with the interpersonal ones the difference is much less, and there is no sense of ambiguity in the meaning (contrast those lovely two evenings in Bali and those two lovely evenings in Bali).

Experiential Vs Interpersonal Epithet: Reflections In The Grammar

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 319):
The principal difference is that experiential Epithets are potentially defining, whereas interpersonal ones are not. … Even in the superlative …
Note that, in general, the same word may act as either experiential or interpersonal Epithet … there are very few words that serve only an attitudinal function.
Interpersonal Epithets tend to precede experiential ones.

Epithet: Function

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 318):
The Epithet indicates some quality of the subset … This may be an objective property of the thing itself [ie experiential]; or it may be an expression of the speaker’s subjective attitude towards it [ie interpersonal] …