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[Xmca-l] Re: how to broaden/enliven the xmca discussion


One could say, couldn't one, that a tool also has both a stable, customary pole of functionality and a broader range of potential, possible uses? A hammer, for example, is customarily used to drive nails, but it can potentially be used in a variety of other ways that are related, one might say metaphorically, to this core function.


On Oct 8, 2014, at 5:00 PM, David Kellogg <dkellogg60@gmail.com> wrote:

> The idea that the latter is merely meaning potential and the former is
> actual, realized, materialized meaning comes straight from Halliday.
> But the (for me, linked) idea that the latter is the most stable pole
> of word value and the former the least so comes straight from
> Volosinov, who influenced Halliday via the Prague linguists.