Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Qualities Vs Things: Temporal Stability And Experiential Complexity

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 205-6):
… qualities and things differ in two related respects, temporal stability and experiential complexity: things tend to persist through time and to represent intersections of many different dimensions, whereas qualities tend to be less stable through time and tend to represent values on single dimensions. Qualities thus construe values on dimensions such as size, weight, and shape.