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Corpus Approaches to Evaluation: Phraseology and Evaluative by Susan Hunston

By Susan Hunston

This publication applies a suite of corpus research ideas to the research of review, or stance, or have an effect on, in naturally-occurring discourse. Evaluative language exhibits reviews, attitudes, and judgments. it truly is a tremendous a part of actions corresponding to persuading an individual specific point of view is true, or in developing wisdom from a special variety of theories. This e-book argues that phraseology--regularities or styles in language identifiable from corpus studies--is very important to the learn of evaluative language. It makes a few extra particular arguments: that modal which means is expressed via specific words and never merely via modal verbs; that figurative words are used to accentuate evaluate; and that styles of use will be exploited to accomplish an automated identity of reviews. It additionally builds at the author’s prior paintings in exploring how movies and journalism use language and pictures to construct wisdom from rules.

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The ‘objects’ are mainly discoursal and epistemic, in the form of propositions giving information, raising questions, drawing conclusions and so on. As each proposition is a discoursal object in this sense, these classified objects occur throughout the text. The value given 22 Corpus Approaches to Evaluation to the objects is context-dependent, often implicit, and cumulative. Text construing value may encompass anything from a single clause to several paragraphs. Significance, on the other hand, is indicated only at relatively infrequent intervals in the text and is identified through items of encapsulation among other features.

Swales 1986; Thompson and Ye 1991; Hyland 2000; P. g. g. Chafe and Nichols 1986). Explicit modification of a proposition indicating its status often takes the form of a clause governing a that-clause. 4 are: i. ii. iii. iv. v. There is no fi rm evidence that . . Concern remains that . . The World Health Organisation estimates . . The UK’s chief medical officer says . . President Bush warns . . In these cases, what is grammatically the main clause in the sentence acts as a modifi cation of the that-clause, modifying the status of the proposition therein.

He thus characterises LI as motivated by ‘romantic imagination’ and ‘religious credos’. He goes on to indirectly accuse them of holding the naïve belief that power relationships can be eradicated altogether. .. (Canagarajah 1999: 208) These propositions are: Status in Written Texts and Multi-Modal Texts 37 i. ‘LI’s fundamental premises are that in a monolingual setting communication is always perfect . ’ ii. ‘LI is motivated by romantic imagination and religious credos’. iii. ‘LI [researchers] hold the naïve belief that power relationships can be eradicated altogether’.

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