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 holds the Chair of English Linguistics at the Department of modern languages, literatures and cultures of the University of Bologna, where she coordinates its English Language Studies Program and heads the Department’s Centre for Linguistic-Cultural Studies (CeSLiC). Her research has largely focused, in a Systemic Functional Linguistics perspective, on register analysis, in institutional text types and verbal art; her corpus-assisted investigations having specifically explored the grammar of evaluation in terms of APPRAISAL SYSTEMS. No stranger to Ruqaiya Hasan’s framework for the study of verbal art, of late Miller has energetically taken up its defence, but has also been reflecting intensely on Jakobson’s potential place within it. See, e.g.: her 2010 paper “The hasanian framework for the study of ‘verbal art’ revisited… and reproposed”, in Textus XXIII (1); the 2013 article “Another look at Social Semiotic Stylistics: Coupling Hasan’s ‘Verbal Art’ framework with ‘the MukaÅ™ovský-Jakobson theory”, in Gouveia & Alexandre (eds), Languages, Metalanguages, Modalities, Cultures: Functional and socio-discoursive perspectives, Lisbon, and her 2015 essay “Jakobson’s Place in Hasan’s Social Semiotic Stylistics: ‘Pervasive Parallelism’ as Symbolic Articulation of Theme”, in Bowcher & Liang, Society in Language, Language in Society. Essays in Honour of Ruqaiya Hasan, Palgrave Macmillan.

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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: 12 Dec 2018 doi: 10.1558/equinox.26117. Nov 2016

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