Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age - Sheena Gardner

Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age - Sheena Gardner

13. On Negotiating the Hurdles of Corpus-Assisted Appraisal Analysis in Verbal Art

Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age - Sheena Gardner

Donna R. Miller [+-]
University of Bologna
Donna R. Miller is Alma Mater Professor at the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the University of Bologna (in retirement since July 2019). Her corpus-assisted investigations have regularly explored the grammar of evaluation in institutional text types and verbal art, this last being the central focus of her recent work, in a Hasanian perspective.

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Premising that her corpus-assisted research has been profitable, but not invariably and/or consistently and/or unequivocally, the paper opens with a discussion of the factors upon which valuable quantitative meaning analysis may depend, and the connection between SFL and CL. The main part of the paper deliberates the case for corpus-assisted appraisal studies in the face of snares including The ‘Russian Doll’ (Thompson 2014) and ‘Piecemeal Puzzle’ syndromes. The issues are illustrated with instances from corpus-assisted appraisal studies in US congressional speech and from a literature text: Shakespeare's 'Coriolanus', where the functional role played by language patterns in construing a ‘special’ kind of social meaning exchange (Hasan 1989/1985) sets the hurdles even higher.

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Miller, Donna R. 13. On Negotiating the Hurdles of Corpus-Assisted Appraisal Analysis in Verbal Art. Systemic Functional Linguistics in the Digital Age. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 211-228 Nov 2016. ISBN 9781781792384. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=26117. Date accessed: 07 Dec 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26117. Nov 2016

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