The Thought Occurs

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Premature Articulation

As a rule, the man who first thinks of a new idea is so much ahead of his time that everyone thinks him silly, so that he remains obscure and is soon forgotten.  Then, gradually, the world becomes ready for his idea, and the man who proclaims it at the fortunate moment gets all the credit.
— Bertrand Russell History Of Western Philosophy 

Sunday, 12 June 2016


Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 9):
Textually, the clause presents the ideational and interpersonal information as a message — a contribution to the text evolving in its context. It is structured as Theme ^ Rheme; the Theme provides a local environment created for this clause, positioning it in the unfolding text.