Corpus Approaches to Evaluation

Corpus Approaches to Evaluation

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This book applies a set of corpus investigation techniques to the study of evaluation, or stance, or affect, in naturally-occurring discourse. Evaluative language indicates opinions, attitudes, and judgments. It is an important part of activities such as persuading someone that a particular viewpoint is correct, or in constructing knowledge from a different number of theories. This book argues that phraseology--regularities or patterns in language identifiable from corpus studies--is important to the study of evaluative language. It makes a number of more specific arguments: that modal meaning is expressed through particular phrases and not only through modal verbs; that figurative phrases are used to intensify evaluation; and that patterns of use may be exploited to achieve an automatic identification of evaluations. It also builds on the authora€™s previous work in exploring how films and journalism use language and images to build knowledge from ideas.... normally used in the phrase I wonder whether), most of these phrases show a high proportion of either the negative (especially in the phrase I dona#39;t know whether) or modals and modal-like expressions. This suggests that wh-words such asanbsp;...


Title:Corpus Approaches to Evaluation
Author: Lecturer in Applied Linguistics Susan Hunston, Susan Hunston
Publisher:Routledge - 2011-02-09
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