Sunday, 25 March 2012

Quality Attribution: Qualitative Verbs

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 222):
matter, count ‘be important’ … suffice ‘be enough’, abound ‘be plentiful; figure ‘make sense’; differ, vary ‘be different, varied’; hurt, ache ‘be painful’; dominate ‘be dominant’, apply ‘be relevant’ … do ‘be acceptable, enough’ … remain ‘be + still’, stink, smell, reek … ‘be smelly’ … and a number of verbs of negative appraisal, some of them abstract versions of ‘be + smelly’, for example stink, suck