Saturday, 11 April 2015

Misconstruing Stratification

Martin (1992: 21):
… the [stratification] model can be read as three meaning making levels, with the meanings made by smaller circles progressively recontextualised by larger ones.

 Blogger Comments:

This confuses semogenesis (meaning making) with stratification (levels of symbolic abstraction).  The model of stratification, three cotangential circles, construes three levels of symbolic abstraction in meaning making: semantics (meaning), lexicogrammar (wording) and phonology (sounding).

As strata, smaller circles realise the larger circles.  Sounding realises wording; wording realises meaning.

The meanings realised by smaller circles are represented by the largest circle (semantics).