Saturday, 18 April 2015

Discourse Semantic Systems: Metafunctional Inconsistencies

Martin (1992: 26):
These chapters are organised by metafunction: NEGOTIATION considers the discourse semantics of interpersonal meaning, IDENTIFICATION the discourse semantics of textual meaning, CONJUNCTION the discourse semantics of logical meaning, and IDEATION the discourse semantics of experiential meaning.

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[1] To the extent that the discourse semantic system of CONJUNCTION is concerned with the text-forming resources of language — as a rebranding of cohesive conjunction — it is a system of the textual metafunction, not the logical metafunction.  Construing it as logical creates a theoretical inconsistency.

[2] To the extent that the discourse semantic system of IDEATION is concerned with the text-forming resources of language — as a rebranding of lexical cohesion — it is a system of the textual metafunction, not the experiential metafunction. Construing it as experiential creates a theoretical inconsistency.

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