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An Analysis of the Evaluations in a Discourse on Confucius

Issue: Vol 10 No. 1 (2014)

Journal: Linguistics and the Human Sciences

Subject Areas: Writing and Composition Linguistics

DOI: 10.1558/lhs.v10i1.27277


This paper adopts a ‘top-down’ analytical model for analyzing a commentary text on Confucius. It will first analyze the features of the context of culture and of the three variables of the context of situation concerning the discourse in order to set the analysis against a clearly-defined background. Then it focuses on discussing the evaluative orientations of the text by applying Appraisal Theory as developed by Martin and his colleagues, with particular concern for the interaction of appreciation, judgment, engagement and graduation, or for the way the evaluation is established, amplified, targeted and sourced.

Author: Fang Yan

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