The Thought Occurs

The Thought Occurs

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Material Doing & Relational Being As Complementary Perspectives On A ‘Quantum Of Change’

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 132): 
Figures of doing and being can be interpreted as complementary perspectives on a ‘quantum of change’. 
Construed as doing, a change appears as a change in the thusness of a participant. 
Construed as being, the change appears as an achieved or attainable result.
Consider a causal consequence such as [doing:] ‘he washed it’ —<so>—> [being:] ‘it was clean’. 
This quantum of change may be construed as two figures, as it is here (He washed it, so it was clean.). 
Alternatively, it may be construed as one figure, in which case it may adopt either point of view. 
If construed as doing, he washed it clean, the figure is elaborated with a result. 
If construed as being, he made it (be) clean, the figure is enhanced with an agentive Attributor. 
The wording he cleaned it embodies both perspectives in a single process.

he
washed
it
clean
Actor
material
Goal
resultative Attribute
Agent
Process
Medium
Range
Attributor
relational
Carrier
Attribute
he
made
it
clean 

Actor
Process: material
Goal
he
cleaned
it
Attributor
Process: relational
Attribute
Carrier

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