Sunday, 3 May 2015

Confusing Nominal Group Deixis With Reference

Martin (1992: 104-5):
Where specific reference is co-selected with presenting, the question of how many members of a class is relevant, giving rise to the [total/partial] opposition.  The pronominal and nominal realisations of these features are displayed in the following paradigm (throughout this section sm will be used to refer to unstressed some; using foot notation /some/.


pronominal
nominal
total
everything
every bee

everyone
every boy

everybody




partial
something
a bee/sm bees

someone
a boy/sm boys

somebody





anything
any bee/bees

anyone
any boy/boys

anybody




Blogger Comments:

[1] This confuses the experiential meaning of a potential referent with the textual means of referring (the system of reference).

[2] 'Presenting reference' does not involve textual reference.  Martin's model of reference confuses the 'immanent' perspective on reference of SFL with the 'transcendent' perspective on reference in Du Bois (1980), where reference is to extra-linguistic objects and concepts. See Misconstruing The Absence Of Reference As "Presenting" Reference.

[3] This confuses the total vs partial determiners serving as non-specific Deictic in the interpersonal system of nominal group DEIXIS (Halliday & Matthiessen 2014: 366, 368) with the textual system of  cohesive reference.

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