Evaluation in Text: Authorial Stance and the Construction of Discourse

Paperback | February 15, 2001

EditorSusan Hunston, Geoffrey Thompson

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This is an accessible and wide-ranging account of current research in one of the most central aspects of discourse analysis: evaluation in and of written and spoken language.Evaluation is the broad cover term for the expression of a speaker's - or writer's - attitudes, feelings, and values. It covers areas sometimes referred to as 'stance', 'modality', 'affect', or 'appraisal'. Evaluation (a) expresses the speaker's opinion and thus reflects the value-system of thatperson and their community; (b) constructs relations between speaker and hearer (or writer and reader); and (c) plays a key role in how discourse is organized. Every act of evaluation expresses and contributes to a communal value-system, which in turn is a component of the ideology that lies behindevery written or spoken text. Conceptually, evaluation is comparative, subjective, and value-laden. In linguistic terms it may be analysed lexically, grammatically, and textually. These themes and perspectives are richly exemplified in the chapters of this book, by authors aware and observant of thefact that processes of linguistic analysis are themselves inherently evaluative.The editors open the book by introducing the field and provide separate, contextual introductions to each chapter. They have also collated the references into one list, itself a valuable research guide. The exemplary perspectives and analyses presented by the authors will be of central interest toeveryone concerned with the analysis of discourse, whether as students of language, literature, or communication. They also have much to offer students of politics and culture.

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This is an accessible and wide-ranging account of current research in one of the most central aspects of discourse analysis: evaluation in and of written and spoken language.Evaluation is the broad cover term for the expression of a speaker's - or writer's - attitudes, feelings, and values. It covers areas sometimes referred to as 'sta...

Susan Hunston is a senior lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Birmingham and author of numerous articles on Evaluation and on Corpus Grammar. She has taught EFL/ESL in the Philippines and in Britain, and has taught Applied Linguistics at the National University of Singapore (1983-90). She has also worked as a grammari...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Geoff Thompson and Susan Hunston: Evaluation: An introduction2. Michael Hoey: Persuasive Rhetoric in Linguistics: A stylistic study of some features of the language of Noam Chomsky3. Joanna Channell: Corpus-Based Analysis of Evaluative Lexis4. Susan Conrad and Douglas Biber: Adverbial Marking of Stance in Speech and Writing5. Susan Hunston and John Sinclair: A Local Grammar of Evaluation6. Martin Cortazzi and Lixian Jin: Evaluating Evaluation in Narrative7. Geoff Thompson and Jianglin Zhou: Evaluation and Organization in Text: The structuring role of evaluative disjuncts8. J. R. Martin: Beyond Exchange: APPRAISAL systems in English9. Susan Hunston: Evaluation and the Planes of Discourse: Status and value in persuasive texts