Friday, 13 February 2015

Nominal Group Structure: From Transitory To Permanence

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 180):
In the nominal group, on the other hand, the path from Deictic to Thing is not a chain in time — alt[h]ough it does reflect time in another way. The path goes through qualities of various kinds, beginning with qualities that are textual and transitory (unstable in time) and moving towards increasing permanence (time-stability) and experiential complexity.