Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Nominal Group, Not Noun Phrase

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 371n):
It is important to maintain the terminological distinction between group and phrase, which is lost if a nominal group is referred to as a ‘noun phrase’. Although group and phrase are both of intermediate rank as constituents, they have arrived there from different ends: a group is a bloated word, whereas a phrase is a shrunken clause.