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An Introduction to Functional Grammar by M. A. K. Halliday

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I sprayed it on the wall. The answer to a question typically has the requested information as the final element, precisely because it is the least topical. The focus of information is placed as far as possible to the right, in order to comply with the given-new ordering principle. It is this structuring principle which leads advocates of the 42 THREE-PARTICIPANT CONSTRUCTIONS IN ENGLISH pragmatic approach such as Givón to reject or mark as dubious sentences like (3) and (4): (3) (4) *He gave her it.

Despite the fact that most descriptions refer to the partitive/holistic effect, however, some central issues have not yet been studied in depth. The whole of chapter III will therefore be devoted to a more thorough investigation of holicity and partitivity 2. Textual explanations Whereas accounts that take holicity and partitivity as the principles underlying alternation draw on experiential semantics, other approaches to varying degrees draw on the textual level (Givón 1979, Dixon 1991, Halliday 1994, Foley and Van Valin 1985).

Although Givón does not explicitly mention the image impression and the material/ product alternation, they also fall under his definition of the dative shift, and consequently the same principle can be taken to apply to them. Thus the choice between the two variants for Material and Product, and for Image and Location depends not on a difference in degree of affectedness or in ‘semantic entailment’ (Givón 1979:164), but on discourse-functional factors. Interestingly, Givón does admit that besides this pragmatic variation, semantic differences may also appear in this sort of construals, and he refers to the holistic/partitive distinction.

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