Thursday, 21 February 2013

Hypotactic Cause-Condition: Concession

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 419):
With concession, there is a special hypotactic construction that may be used when the beta-clause is an attributive relational one: the Attribute is given the status of marked Theme and the Rheme begins with as or though — an item which would be the structural Theme in the unmarked case (as in tempting as it may be).