Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Confusing Ideational Denotation With Textual Reference

Martin (1992: 125-6):
Although presented in network form as if the different types of phoric reference do not combine, as Halliday & Hasan (1976:73-4) point out, phoric items may well point in more than one direction at once.  Participants which are homophoric or exophoric at first mention, can be interpreted as either of these plus anaphoric on subsequent mention:
[3:61]  The sun's hot;
            it's starting to burn me. 
[3:62]  Look at that yacht;
            it's a beauty. 
Anaphora and esphora is another common combination: 
[3:63]  We saw some tall ships in the harbour;
            the boats we saw were here for the Bicentennial.

Blogger Comments:

[1] This again confuses the ideational denotation of participants with textual reference made to referents by reference items.

[2] To be clear, in SFL theory, it is the non-specific demonstrative reference item the that is exophoric, and the personal reference item it that is anaphoric (to sun).

[3] To be clear, in SFL theory, it is the specific demonstrative reference item that that is homophoric, and the personal reference item it that is anaphoric (to yacht).

[4] To be clear, in SFL theory, it is the non-specific demonstrative reference item the that is both cohesively anaphoric (to tall ships), and structurally cataphoric (to we saw).  Note that the non-selective determiner some does not function as a reference item, because it does present an item as identifiable.

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