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An Analysis of Political News from the Perspective of Graduation System within Appraisal Theory

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DOI: 10.23977/jsoce.2021.030806 | Downloads: 27 | Views: 924


Mengzhu Xia 1


1 Shanxi Normal University, Linfen, 041004, China

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Mengzhu Xia


Appraisal theory is developed on the basis of interpersonal function, one of the three major functions of systemic-functional linguistics. It explores the lexical items used in oral or written texts through three dimensions of attitude, engagement and graduation, and reveals the attitude of the speaker/author. As one of the subsystems of appraisal theory, graduation function lies in adjusting the degree of attitude and engagement and focusing on typicality of category members. This paper analyzes the current political news with gradation system in order to understand the news deeply and the speaker's attitude and emotional strength.


Graduation, Appraisal theory, Political news


Mengzhu Xia, An Analysis of Political News from the Perspective of Graduation System within Appraisal Theory. Journal of Sociology and Ethnology (2021) 3: 23-29. DOI:


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