Journal of Linguistics


Notes on transitivity and theme in English: Part 2

M. A. K. Hallidaya1

a1 Department of General Linguistics, University College, London W.C.1


Transitivity, mood and theme. Part I of this paper (sections 1–3) was an attempt to sketch some of the principal syntactic options, having the clause as point of origin, that are available to the speaker of English for the representation of processes and relations, and of objects, persons &c. as participants in them. The term ‘transitivity’ was used as a general label for this area of grammatical selection. Part II (sections 4–7) is concerned with another range of grammatical options, also associated with the clause, for which ‘theme’ is being used as the cover term.

(Received April 22 1967)