Friday, 7 August 2015

Typological Variation Reflects Indeterminacy Within A Language: Process Types

Halliday & Matthiessen (1999: 318-9):
Some process types tend to lie on the borderline between major categories, forming mixed and overlapping categories; typical of these are the behavioural and existential proceses in English. It is likely that equivalent types of process will be liable to greater typological variation than those that fall squarely within the core categories of material, mental, and relational.