The Thought Occurs

Friday, 4 April 2014

Halliday's Distinction Between 'Text' And 'Discourse'

Halliday (2008: 78):
I do make a difference between these two; but it is a difference in point of view, between different angles of vision on the phenomena, not in the phenomena themselves. So we can use either to define the other:
  • 'discourse' is text that is being viewed in its sociocultural context, while
  • 'text' is discourse that is being viewed as a process of language.