5. Exploring New Perspectives and Degrees of Delicacy in Appraisal Studies: An Analysis of Engagement Resources in Academic Discourse in Spanish

Language in Action - SFL Theory across Contexts - María Estela Brisk

Julio César Valerdi Zárate [+-]
National Autonomous University of Mexico
Julio César Valerdi Zárate holds a PhD in Linguistics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). His teaching experience has focused on English and Spanish for general and academic purposes as well as teacher training. He has taught several language and Applied Linguistics courses and workshops at the Autonomous University of Puebla, UNAM and Iberoamerican University (Ibero Puebla). As a full-time professor, Julio César Valerdi was head of the departments of English, Spanish, German, and Asian Languages at the Intercultural Language Center of Ibero Puebla. His fields of interest are Second Language Acquisition, Discourse Analysis, Linguistic Argumentation, and Interculturality.

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In this chapter I propose an argumentative approach to the analysis of engagement resources in academic discourse. This argumentative approach consists of a methodological crossing of discourse analysis according to the Model of appraisal (Martin & White, 2005) and Toulmin’s Argumentation Model (1958, 2003). Through an evaluative-argumentative exploration of 20 MA thesis introductions, this chapter demonstrates how the complementary analysis of engagement within the framework of argumentative schemes allows for more delicate descriptions of the rhetorical workings of monoglossic and heteroglossic propositions than those based on the global structure of texts. It is also shown how this approach stands as a useful alternative to analyses based on discursive moves, which focus on stages realized by full paragraphs inside which toulminian argumentative components can be traced in more detail. The identification of the rhetorical functions of engagement realizations as well as the argumentative patterns which shape them represents a methodological innovation which could help improve our current understanding and application of the rhetorical influence of evaluative language in discourse.

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Zárate, Julio César Valerdi. 5. Exploring New Perspectives and Degrees of Delicacy in Appraisal Studies: An Analysis of Engagement Resources in Academic Discourse in Spanish. Language in Action - SFL Theory across Contexts. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jun 2021. ISBN 9781800500044. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40630. Date accessed: 20 Sep 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40630. Jun 2021

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