Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Robin Fawcett On Agent

On the Sys-Func email discussion list, Professor Robin Fawcett argued that for a clause of the type Cameron Diaz burped (it apparently described an incident on British TV), he would analyse the participant as Agent if the act was deliberate, but as Medium otherwise.






Blogger Comments:

Fawcett's analysis for the behavioural clause when the process is deliberate:

Cameron Diaz
burped
Agent
Process

Fawcett's analysis for the same behavioural clause when the process is not deliberate:

Cameron Diaz
burped
Medium
Process

That is, Fawcett analyses precisely the same construal of experience as different grammatically on the basis of situational context (field: 'what's going on') rather than on the basis of linguistic content, wording and meaning (what is said or written).

An example of genuine agency in a behavioural clause is:


Cameron Diaz
burped
the baby
Agent
Process
Medium

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