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ERIC Number: EJ796851
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1475-1585
The Persuasive Power of Prosodies: Radiating Values in Academic Writing
Hood, Susan
Journal of English for Academic Purposes, v5 n1 p37-49 Jan 2006
The notion of prosody in linguistics was originally applied to phonology by Firth (Palmer, 1970) to refer to non-segmental features. Its use has been extended in Systemic Functional Linguistic theory to the levels of grammar and discourse semantics. Here it refers to the way that interpersonal meaning spreads or diffuses across clauses and across longer phases of discourse (Halliday, 1994; Martin, 1992 and Martin, 1996). In this paper I explore how the notion of prosodies of interpersonal meaning can inform our understanding of the construction of evaluative stance in the introductions to academic research papers. I draw initially on Appraisal theory (Martin, 2000) and Martin & Rose (2003) to analyse expressions of ATTITUDE and GRADUATION. I then consider how such expressions are used in constructing different kinds of argument, with a particular focus on the prosodies of value that are established. An appreciation of the prosodic patterning of interpersonal meanings and an understanding of how they function in academic discourse, have important implications in the modelling of evaluative stance in texts in the teaching of English for Academic Purposes. There are also broader implications for discourse analytic research in terms of methods of coding values and of justifying coding decisions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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