Sunday, 7 October 2012

From Less To More Permanent Attribute

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 323):
By and large, the more permanent the attribute of a Thing, the less likely it is to identify it in a particular context. So we proceed with the very impermanent, quantitative characterisation, which is nearest to a Deictic … through various qualitative features … and end up with the most permanent, the assignment to a class … Within the qualitative characteristics, if more than one is specified there is again a tendency to move from the less permanent to the more permanent …