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Title: Appraising Appraisal
Contributor(s): Macken-Horarik, Mary  (author); Isaac, Anne (author)
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: Appraisal is a term referring to systems within systemic functional linguistics that map evaluative language. This chapter reviews two Appraisal systems (Attitude and Graduation) and assesses their viability for analysing evaluation in narratives and students' written responses to these. Within this context, a crucial affordance of Appraisal is its semantic orientation, which allows analysts to capture the delicate interweaving of explicit and implicit attitudes that powerfully positions readers of narratives. However, the sprawling, cumulative and context-sensitive nature of evaluation requires a rigorous methodology for using Appraisal for coding purposes. We address this challenge, proposing a cline of implicitness that relates degrees of reliability to instances of evaluation depending on their textual and/or cultural/institutional environments.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Evaluation in Context, p. 67-92
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Place of Publication: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
ISBN: 9789027256478
Field of Research (FOR): 200403 Discourse and Pragmatics
130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
950203 Languages and Literature
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Pragmatics and Beyond: New Series
Series Number : 242
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