Tuesday, 24 March 2015

David Rose Misrepresenting Lexicogrammar As Discourse Semantics: Interpersonal Metafunction

At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

[see grammatical analysis here.]

Now from discourse semantics… 
4. interpersonally 
‘America’ and ‘We the People’ are modally responsible

Blogger Comments:

[1] The notion of the Subject as the modally responsible element is from the grammar, not discourse semantics.  Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 59):
A clause has meaning as an exchange, a transaction between speaker and listener; the Subject is the warranty of the exchange.  It is the element the speaker makes responsible for the validity of what he is saying.
Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 194):
Thus while a Goal readily becomes Subject … it is unusual to make a Scope element ‘modally responsible’ in this way …