An analysis of the evaluation contexts in academic discourse

Xiaoyu Xu, Hilary Nesi

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Abstract

This paper develops a new framework to examine the use of ‘evaluation resources’ in research discourse. In previous studies of evaluative resources, two distinct, although interwoven, types of context have been identified: 1) the real world where evaluation resources are used to describe situations, and 2) the research world studying the real world, where they are used to engage readers and open up debate. In this paper, we will propose three context types: 1) the research world, where the choice of evaluation must be affected by the writer’s argumentative intention, 2) the real world where the choice of evaluation is affected by the writer’s argumentative intention, and 3) the real world where the choice of evaluation is not affected by the writer’s argumentative intention. This distinction helps us identify more rigorously those evaluative resources that are relevant to arguments. It will also enable us to explore and quantify the way evaluation functions across contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2
JournalFunctional Linguistics
Volume4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • Academic writing
  • Research space
  • Real world
  • Research world
  • Planes of discourse
  • Appraisal theory

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