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

Tools, like words, are polysemic, Martin, i take it.

On Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 8:02 AM, Martin John Packer <mpacker@uniandes.edu.co>

> David,
> 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.
> Martin
> 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.

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