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The Language of Evaluation
Appraisal in English
 
 
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27 Sep 2007
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The first comprehensive account of the Appraisal Framework, a newly developed approach to analysing the language of evaluation and stance. The authors offer new insights into the nature of evaluative language and into its social and rhetorical functionality. They explore the role evaluative meanings play in the dissemination of ideology, in the construction of textual styles and authorial identities, and in the negotiation of speaker/listener, writer/reader relationships. Under the influence of Bakhtin's notion that all language is in some way dialogic, the authors also offer a re-interpretation of the semantics of modality, evidentiality, attribution, concession and negation. This re-interpretation provides a new understanding of how written texts project onto their reader's particular beliefs and values, and how they negotiate relationships of rapport between writer and reader. The book offers guidance in how the Framework can be applied in textual analyses and includes detailed analyses of texts drawn from the media, politics, academia, and fiction.


Description

The first comprehensive account of the Appraisal Framework, a newly developed approach to analysing the language of evaluation and stance. The authors offer new insights into the nature of evaluative language and into its social and rhetorical functionality. They explore the role evaluative meanings play in the dissemination of ideology, in the construction of textual styles and authorial identities, and in the negotiation of speaker/listener, writer/reader relationships. Under the influence of Bakhtin's notion that all language is in some way dialogic, the authors also offer a re-interpretation of the semantics of modality, evidentiality, attribution, concession and negation. This re-interpretation provides a new understanding of how written texts project onto their reader's particular beliefs and values, and how they negotiate relationships of rapport between writer and reader. The book offers guidance in how the Framework can be applied in textual analyses and includes detailed analyses of texts drawn from the media, politics, academia, and fiction.


Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction
Attitude: Ways of Feeling
Engagement and Graduation: Alignment, Solidarity and the Construed Reader
Evaluative Key: Taking a Stance
Enacting Appraisal: Text Analysis
References
Index


Authors

JAMES R. MARTIN is Professor of Linguistics (Personal Chair) at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research interests include systemic theory, functional grammar, discourse semantics, register, genre, multimodality and critical discourse analysis, focussing on English and Tagalog - with special reference to the transdisciplinary fields of educational linguistics and social semiotics. Recent publications include Working with Discourse (with David Rose, 2003), Re/Reading the Past (edited with Ruth Wodak, 2003), Genre Relations (with David Rose, 2006), and Knowledge Structure ( edited with Fran Christie, 2007). Professor Martin was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1998, and was awarded a Centenary Medal for his services to Linguistics and Philology in 2003.

PETER R.R. WHITE is Lecturer in Linguistics and Media at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. His most recent publications include Appraisal - the Language of Evaluation and Stance' in The Handbook of Pragmatics. He maintains an email and discussion list on Appraisal theory at www.grammatics.com/appraisal. He is a former print, radio and television journalist and journalism trainer.