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Title: Investigating evaluative language in undergraduate argumentative essays
Authors: WU SIEW MEI
Keywords: evaluative expression discourse analysis undergraduate argumentation
Issue Date: 17-May-2005
Source: WU SIEW MEI (2005-05-17). Investigating evaluative language in undergraduate argumentative essays. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The present study investigates evaluative expressions found in argumentative essays written by first-year undergraduates reading the English Language (EL) and Geography (GEOG) modules at the National University of Singapore. The main objective is to compare the evaluative expressions used by the stronger and weaker writers within each discipline. A comparison of evaluative expressions in scripts across the two disciplines is also conducted. The comparative account requires reference to the argumentative quality of the scripts and to the requirements of subject specialists who set and graded the assignments. As the analysis involves aspects of two different frameworks, namely the Hunston and the Appraisal frameworks, the thesis also discusses the relative usefulness of these frameworks as applied to student-written texts. The EL stronger and weaker scripts are different in their use of statement types but are not different in their certainty evaluations. The GEOG stronger and weaker scripts are different in the evaluation of status and certainty. Both the EL and GEOG stronger scripts differ from the weaker scripts in the use of Appraisal resources. Some differences in evaluative expressions between the EL and GEOG writers are also found.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/14692
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