Wednesday, 26 July 2017

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Monday, 24 July 2017

A Stylistic Use Of Verbal Assignment

'We were practising for the panto Captain Ransom puts on at Christmas.'  Danny now seemed more confident.
'I can confirm that.'  Sandy confirmed it.

I
can confirm
that
Sandy
confirmed
it
Attributor
Process
Attribute
Carrier
Attributor
Process
Attribute
Carrier

Here confirm is interpreted as 'say (as) true' — the verbal assignment of an attributive relation.  It could also be interpreted as a verbal Process, though this would be less informative.

In using confirm, the author has identified the more delicate category of statement (speech function) realised by each of the clauses.

Instead of construing a projection nexus such as 'I can confirm that' said Sandy, the author has presented a quote juxtaposed with an agnate report.   In doing so, the relation between the two is effected cohesively rather than structurally: by cataphoric reference (that < it) and lexical cohesion (repetition of confirm).

This might also be seen as an ingenious way of getting around the absence of projection as a cohesive conjunctive relation.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Figure Of Saying Realised As Circumstance Of Location

The judge clearly felt caught then.  He looked at horror at the exhibits and thought with terror of the Lord Chancellor.  'Mr Lampitt, Mr Rumpole,' he asked us without any real hope, 'are you insisting I try this case?' 
'With great respect, yes,' from Lampitt. 
'That's what it comes to, my Lord,' from me.



Process
Sayer
With great respect
yes
from
Lampitt


Location: motion: away from


minor Process
Range






Process
Sayer
That
is
what it comes to
my Lord
from
me
Token
Process
Value

Location: motion: away from




minor Process
Range


The effect of this stylistic use of ideational metaphor is to turn projections into projectiles.  That is, it gives material motion to semiotic Locutions, such that the words of the barristers shoot out of them across the courtroom and into the judge's heart.