Submodalities are the specific characteristics of each of our sensory representational systems. For example:
Visual submodalities: size, shape, color, focus, transparency, motion/still, angle, brightness/darkness, contrast, vertical position, horizontal position, distance, speed, peripherality, panoramic/bordered, visual texture, 2D/3D, point of view (associated, disassociated), etc.
Auditory submodalities: volume, pitch, timbre/tonality, duration, distance, movement, source, direction, location, harmony, dissonance, rhythm, tempo, progression, dynamics, phrasing, staccato, legato, etc.
Kinesthetic submodalities: location (inside/outside), tactile/proprioceptive, temperature, pressure, texture, solidity, weight, intensity, duration, often/frequent/constant, movement, fullness/hunger, sticky/smooth/rough, hardness/softness, sharp/dull, wet/dry, flexibility/rigidity/brittleness, etc.
Olfactory submodalities: sweet, pungent, fresh, stale, putrid, chemical, burnt, smoky, animal, faint, strong/mild, etc.
Gustatory submodalities: sweet, sour, salty, hot, bitter, tart, savory, juicy, dry, etc.