Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Misconstruing An Implicit Conjunctive Relation As Internal

Martin (1992: 237):
A text with a simultaneous internal and external structure, including an implicit internal consequential is illustrated below.
[4:187] a.  Ben was unlucky.
            b.  He had to take steroids for his injured hamstring
            c.  and then they introduced more sophisticated tests.

Blogger Comment:

By the SFL definition of the term — see previous posts — there are no internal relations in this example.  

In SFL theory, the logical relation in the clause complex (b. c.) is enhancement: temporal: later (rebranded as 'successive'), and the textual (cohesive conjunction) relation between the message (a.) and the message group (b. c.) is implicit enhancement: cause: reason (rebranded as 'consequential').

With regard to implicit conjunction, in general, Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 549) recommend:
It is perhaps as well, therefore, to be cautious in assigning implicit conjunction in the interpretation of a text.  It is likely that there will always be other forms of cohesion present, and that these are the main source of our intuition that there is a pattern of conjunctive relationships as well.