Sunday, 6 January 2013

Clause Nexus: Primary And Secondary Clauses


Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 375, 376):
We will refer to any one pair of clauses related by interdependency, or ‘taxis’, as a clause nexus. … The clauses making up such a nexus are primary and secondary.  The primary is the initiating clause in a paratactic nexus, and the dominant clause in a hypotactic; the secondary is the continuing clause in a paratactic nexus and the dependent clause in a hypotactic.