Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Entity vs Quality Attribution [Diagnostic: Realisation]

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 220):
entity Attributes are realised by nominal groups with Thing as Head 
quality Attributes are realised by nominal groups with Epithet as Head …

Membership Specification: Entity Or Quality

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 220):
The class is specified either
by naming the class itself by reference to the entity that constitutes the class … or
by naming a criterion for class–membership by reference to a quality or qualities of the entity that constitutes the class …

Types Of Intensive Attribution

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 220):
Within clauses of intensive attribution, we can distinguish three simultaneous contrasts:
(i) the class denoted by the Attribute may be defined by reference to an entity or to a quality;
(ii) the process of attribution may be neutral or phased; and
(iii) the domain of attribution may be either material or semiotic.