Appraisal System and News Discourse

Zhipeng LIU


Appraisal is the core of all discourses and texts, and it can be divided into explicit and implicit evaluation. News media discourse usually employs linguistic elements and sentence patterns which seem neutral but imply attitudinal denotation to express the stances and positions of media groups. This study analyzes the forms of implicit evaluation from three aspects: lexical metaphor, ideational meaning and engagement resources, and explores its evaluation function in discourse. The evaluation resources in the discourse are very rich, and the probe into appraisal system in the news text is significant to understand the theme in the discourse. Therefore, the evaluation of news media language is worthy of further discussion by scholars at home and abroad.


Appraisal system; Lexical metaphor; Ideational meaning; Graduation; News text

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