Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Confusing Metalanguage And Language

Martin (1992: 414-5):
A comparison of Subject and Finite functions in ranking non-dependent clauses is outlined in Table 6.20.  In the interpersonally congruent version of the text, the constituent assumes responsibility more often than the member.  The interpersonal message is no longer 'what I can do for you' but rather 'what you can do'.

Table 6.20. Congruent and metaphorical positioning in texts [6:30] and [6:31]
subject & finite in ranking non-dependent clauses
version [6:30]
version [6:31]

I have
you have
may I
you may
we are
we are
my responsibility is
I must
(you) do not
you may
we should
you can

your problem may

we should

Blogger Comments:

[1] The Subject and Finite together constitute the Mood element, which functions as the nub of the proposition.  Modal responsibility, on the other hand, is carried by the Subject (alone).

[2] For the reasons provided in the previous post, and as the contrasted elements in the table demonstrate, text [6:31] is not an 'interpersonally congruent version' of text [6:30].

[3] This again confuses metalanguage:  modal responsibility, the semantic function of the Subject of a clause, with language: an instance of 'responsibility' in the text.

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