Monday, 17 November 2014

Sensing Construed As Behaviour

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 141-2):
Sensing is not construed in the grammar as activity. But certain types of conscious process may be construed not only as sensing but also alternatively as a kind of doing — as behaviour (as if active sensing). […] The difference is suggested quite clearly in the example — You can hear the sea sometimes if you listen very carefully.