Monday, 12 February 2018

Cosmogonic Myth Through Systemic Functional Linguistics [17]

Genesis (1:31):
31. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Blogger Comments:

From the perspective of Systemic Functional Linguistic theory, this symbolism from Abrahamic mythology can be interpreted as further construing the genesis of construing experience as meaning through language.

The first clause of the final verse of Genesis 1 construes all phenomena as a domain of the mental perception of the creator of meaning:

and
God
saw
every thing that he had made

Senser
Process: mental
Phenomenon

That is to say, everything that the creator of meaning sees is what language construes of experience as meaning.

The second clause attributes a positive value (attitude) to all phenomena:

and
behold
it
was
very good


Carrier
Process: relational
Attribute

This completes the ascription of interpersonal values (attitudes) to experiential phenomena by the creator of meaning; cf the notion of 'categorising on value' in the neuroscience (TNGS) of Edelman (1992).

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Cosmogonic Myth Through Systemic Functional Linguistics [16]

Genesis (1:26-7):
26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 
27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Blogger Comments:

From the perspective of Systemic Functional Linguistic theory, this symbolism from Abrahamic mythology can be interpreted as further construing the genesis of construing experience as meaning through language.

In verse 26, the creator of meaning verbally projects a proposal for humanity to serve the rôle of the creators of meaning:

and
God
said

let
us
make
man
in our image, after our likeness
1
"
2

Sayer
Process: verbal

Process:
Actor
material: creative
Goal
Rôle: guise

That is to say, humanity itself is here unmasked as the creators of meaning, and this is itself construed as a linguistic construal of experience, made by the creator of meaning.

Verse 27 then confirms that the result of the proposed identity relation in verse 26 is humanity as a (linguistic) creation of the creator of meaning:

so
God
created
man
in his own image

Actor
Process: material: creative
Goal
Rôle: guise

in the image of God
created
he
him
Rôle: guise
Process: material: creative
Actor
Goal

male and female
created
he
them
Rôle: guise
Process: material: creative
Actor
Goal

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Cosmogonic Myth Through Systemic Functional Linguistics [15]

Genesis (1:24-5):
24. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Blogger Comments:

From the perspective of Systemic Functional Linguistic theory, this symbolism from Abrahamic mythology can be interpreted as further construing the genesis of construing experience as meaning through language.

In verse 24, the creator of meaning again verbally projects a proposal for phenomena to be created:

and
God
said

let
the earth
bring forth
the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind
1
"
2

Sayer
Process: verbal

Process:
Actor
material: creative
Goal

That is to say, the creation of phenomena is again construed as a linguistic construal of experience, made by the creator of meaning.

Verse 25 then confirms the creation of the phenomena verbally proposed in verse 24:

and
God
made
the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind

Actor
Process: material: creative
Goal

And in the final clause nexus, the creator of meaning cognitively projects the ascription of a positive value (attitude) to the phenomena:

and
God
saw
that
it
was
good
1
'
2

Senser
Process: mental: cognitive

Carrier
Process: attributive
Attribute

which continues the ascription of interpersonal values (attitudes) to experiential phenomena; cf the notion of 'categorising on value' in the neuroscientific theory (TNGS) of Edelman (1992).

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Cosmogonic Myth Through Systemic Functional Linguistics [14]

Genesis (1:20-1):
20. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 
21. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Blogger Comments:

From the perspective of Systemic Functional Linguistic theory, this symbolism from Abrahamic mythology can be interpreted as further construing the genesis of construing experience as meaning through language.

In verse 20, the creator of meaning again verbally projects a proposal for phenomena to be created:

and
God
said

let
the waters
bring forth
abundantly
the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven
1
"
2

Sayer
Process: verbal

Process:
Actor
material: creative
Manner: degree
Goal

That is to say, the creation of phenomena is again construed as a linguistic construal of experience, made by the creator of meaning.

Verse 21 then elaborates on the creation of the phenomena verbally proposed in verse 20:

and
God
created
great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind

Creator
Process: existential
Existent

And in the final clause nexus, the creator of meaning cognitively projects the ascription of a positive value (attitude) to the phenomena:

and
God
saw
that
it
was
good
1
'
2

Senser
Process: mental: cognitive

Carrier
Process: attributive
Attribute

which continues the ascription of interpersonal values (attitudes) to experiential phenomena; cf the notion of 'categorising on value' in the neuroscientific theory (TNGS) of Edelman (1992).

Sunday, 4 February 2018

Cosmogonic Myth Through Systemic Functional Linguistics [13]

Genesis (1:16-8):
16. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 
17. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 
18. And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

Blogger Comments:

From the perspective of Systemic Functional Linguistic theory, this symbolism from Abrahamic mythology can be interpreted as further construing the genesis of construing experience as meaning through language.

In the final clause nexus of verse 18, the creator of meaning cognitively projects the ascription of a positive value (attitude) to the phenomena:

and
God
saw
that
it
was
good
1
'
2

Senser
Process: mental: cognitive

Carrier
Process: attributive
Attribute

which continues the ascription of interpersonal values (attitudes) to experiential phenomena; cf the notion of 'categorising on value' in the neuroscientific theory (TNGS) of Edelman (1992).