Thursday, 2 July 2015

Confusing (Elaborating) Conjunctive Relations With (Elaborating) Relational Processes

Martin (1992: 210, 211):
Reworking to clarify takes a number of different forms. There are two basic strategies. One is to shift the level of abstraction at which the meanings are formulated; the other is to shift generality. … 
This is in effect the distinction between identification (Token Value) and attribution (Carrier Attribute) in intensive relational clauses.

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[1] This confuses the experiential meaning of the messages being cohesively conjoined with the conjunctive relation between them.

[2] The connection between clarifying conjunction and intensive relational processes is that both are manifestations of the transphenomenal fractal type: elaboration.

However, in Martin's model, clarifying conjunction is classified under similarity — i.e. comparison, which in terms of the fractal types, is a subtype of enhancement.

Such an inconsistency is a serious violation of the principle of parsimony in theorising.