Monday, 10 December 2012

Adverbial Group: Function & Logical Structure

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 354, 355):
The adverbial group serves as Adjunct in the modal structure of the clause — either circumstantial Adjunct or modal Adjunct (mood or comment). …
The adverbial group has an adverb as Head, which may or may not be accompanied by modifying elements. Adverbial groups serving as circumstantial Adjunct have an adverb denoting a circumstance as Head — for example, a circumstance of time … or of quality … .
Adverbial groups serving as modal Adjunct have an adverb denoting an assessment as Head — for example, an assessment of time … or of intensity … .