Friday, 3 April 2015

Misconstruing Realisation And Instantiation

Martin (1992: 5):
As noted above, system is related to process through the concept of realisationrealisation formalises the instantiation of the system in process.

Blogger Comments:

[1] System is related to structure through the concept of realisation — not to the process of instantiation.

[2] Realisation doesn't "formalise" the instantiation of the system in process.  Realisation is an intensive identifying relation (token-value) between levels of symbolic abstraction, as between strata and between axes; instantiation is an intensive attributive relation (token-type) between actual instances of the system and the overall system of potential (Halliday & Matthiessen 1999: 14-5, 145).  See also here.