Saturday, 19 August 2017

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

The Identity Of Theory And Explanatory Framework


a theory
provides
an explanatory framework [for some observation]
Token
Process: identifying: possession: benefaction
Value


Friday, 28 July 2017

Counterexpectancy: Exceeding Vs Limiting

Well he was an ugly guy
With an ugly face
An also-ran 
in the human race
And even God got sad 
just looking at him

— Laurie Anderson Gravity's Angel

Well
he
was
an ugly guy
with an ugly face



an also-ran
in the human race

Subject
Finite
Complement
Adjunct

Mood
Residue

And
even
God
got
sad

Mood Adjunct: intensity: counterexpectancy: exceeding
Subject
Finite
Predicator
Complement

Mood
Residue

just
looking
at him
Mood Adjunct: intensity: counterexpectancy: limiting
Predicator
Adjunct
Mood
Residue

In terms of appraisal theory, 
the author's attitude to him is one of negative appreciation (uglyugly, also-ran), 
and the author's projection of God's attitude to the look of him is negative affect (sad).

Monday, 24 July 2017

A Stylistic Use Of Verbal Assignment

'We were practising for the panto Captain Ransom puts on at Christmas.'  Danny now seemed more confident.
'I can confirm that.'  Sandy confirmed it.

I
can confirm
that
Sandy
confirmed
it
Attributor
Process
Attribute
Carrier
Attributor
Process
Attribute
Carrier

Here confirm is interpreted as 'say (as) true' — the verbal assignment of an attributive relation.  It could also be interpreted as a verbal Process, though this would be less informative.

In using confirm, the author has identified the more delicate category of statement (speech function) realised by each of the clauses.

Instead of construing a projection nexus such as 'I can confirm that' said Sandy, the author has presented a quote juxtaposed with an agnate report.   In doing so, the relation between the two is effected cohesively rather than structurally: by cataphoric reference (that < it) and lexical cohesion (repetition of confirm).

This might also be seen as an ingenious way of getting around the absence of projection as a cohesive conjunctive relation.