Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Dissociation Of Head And Thing

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 332):
What happens here is that one of the pre-modifying functions is taken on by something that is itself a nominal group, in such a way that the Thing gets embedded in a prepositional phrase with of, which then functions as post-Head Qualifier, as in a cup of tea. … Where the Head is dissociated from the Thing in this way, it can be conflated with any of the premodifying functions.