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1. Title Title of document Lexis and grammar: Appraisal resources in writing - A Functional Grammar Guide for Writers
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Derek Irwin; University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus;
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Viktoria Jovanovic-Krstic; University of Toronto;
3. Subject Discipline(s) Linguistics
4. Subject Keyword(s) academic texts; grammar; systemic functional grammar; SFG; prescriptive grammar; rules of grammar
6. Description Abstract Writers should be aware that their word choices have a profound effect on the way that the reader interprets the text. The same is true of a number of grammatical forms. This chapter looks at the resources for interpersonal interaction in language, particularly from the point of view of grammatical mood, modality and modalization, and systems which have been used to indicate appraisal in English as per Martin and White (The Language of Evaluation: Appraisal in English 2005). In particular, we will explain the expectations of academic work in terms of engagement, attitude and graduation so that writers will be able to effectively incorporate what some grammarians refer to as “hedging,” a necessary means of negotiating stance.
By the end of this chapter, the reader will understand the various choices available to encode types of linguistic engagement (positioning of the participants in the dialogue), attitude (affect, judgement and appreciation qualities of the text) and graduation (increasing or decreasing the assertive force). They will be expected to understand how some clause parts (particularly Subject and Finite) fit together to provide grammatical mood, and what this means in terms of how the text is read.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Oct-2021
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.26425
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; A Functional Grammar Guide for Writers
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) modern to contemporary
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd