This paper explores ways in which evaluation is achieved in academic book review articles in the field of linguistics. Evaluation is analysed from a lexical and discourse perspective. From a lexical perspective, evaluation can be associated with meanings inherent in individual lexical terms used by the writer to express opinion about the ‘good-ness’ or ‘bad-ness’ of actions, facts or events. The second perspective is that of evaluation as a feature of discourse. In this view, evaluation does not reside in an individual lexical term but is a category of discourse meaning which can be expressed in many different ways. This paper examines the two main functions that book review articles combine and integrate to achieve evaluation: a) reporting the ideas an author discusses in his or her book as a springboard for a wider evaluation of them and b) discussing the issues they raise and an appraisal of what this means for the community. The assumption is that in a book review article the reviewer can construct his/her own evaluations by using multiple converging voices: his own voice as well as those of other sources referred to in the text. This means that evaluative space is opened up in which the reviewer can specify him/herself as the source of a viewpoint or can cite other authors under review. One strategy by which evaluation seems to be achieved is that of comparing and contrasting these various voices.

Evaluation in academic review articles / Diani, Giuliana. - STAMPA. - 9:(2004), pp. 189-203.

Evaluation in academic review articles

DIANI, Giuliana
2004

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This paper explores ways in which evaluation is achieved in academic book review articles in the field of linguistics. Evaluation is analysed from a lexical and discourse perspective. From a lexical perspective, evaluation can be associated with meanings inherent in individual lexical terms used by the writer to express opinion about the ‘good-ness’ or ‘bad-ness’ of actions, facts or events. The second perspective is that of evaluation as a feature of discourse. In this view, evaluation does not reside in an individual lexical term but is a category of discourse meaning which can be expressed in many different ways. This paper examines the two main functions that book review articles combine and integrate to achieve evaluation: a) reporting the ideas an author discusses in his or her book as a springboard for a wider evaluation of them and b) discussing the issues they raise and an appraisal of what this means for the community. The assumption is that in a book review article the reviewer can construct his/her own evaluations by using multiple converging voices: his own voice as well as those of other sources referred to in the text. This means that evaluative space is opened up in which the reviewer can specify him/herself as the source of a viewpoint or can cite other authors under review. One strategy by which evaluation seems to be achieved is that of comparing and contrasting these various voices.
Corpora and Discourse
9783039100286
Peter Lang
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Evaluation in academic review articles / Diani, Giuliana. - STAMPA. - 9:(2004), pp. 189-203.
Diani, Giuliana
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