Saturday, 7 March 2015

Taxonomy Of (Simple) Things: Intermediate Between Animals And Material Objects

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 193):
Natural forces (tides, hurricanes, etc); instruments (as extended body parts); powered artefacts (locomotives, industrial machines, etc): intermediate between animals and material objects. These are typically active (including effective action, moving other objects), but non-volitional; hence when the Actor is of this category, the process does not admit phases that construe intentionality …