Monday, 15 June 2015

Misconstruing Manner As A Cause-Effect Relation

Martin (1992: 198):
Both manner (whereby, thereby) and consequence (/ ^ so that /) have realisations which apparently make the Effect dependent, but which do not allow the beta-clause to be realised first in the clause complex:
[4:76]  We prepared well
            thereby managing to win. 
[4:77]  We prepared well
            ^ so that / in the end we won.

Blogger Comments:

[1] The logical relation of manner does not involve an effect of a cause.  The conjunction thereby, however can realise both manner and cause: reason/result.

[2] In both SFL theory and formal logic, the term 'consequence' is used with condition (if P then Q), not with cause: reason/result (because P so result Q).