Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Logogenesis and appraisal: A Systemic Functional analysis of English and Japanese language arts textbooks
by Kawamitsu, Shinji, M.A., Marshall University, 2012, 93; 1509717
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this thesis is to demonstrate the distinct and purposeful differences of the language of evaluation between English textbooks and Japanese textbooks. This thesis applies Appraisal system in Systemic Functional Linguistics to the language arts textbooks used in 2nd to 4th grade classrooms in Japan and in the U.S. The analysis shows that the number of Attitudinal lexical items, especially invoked Attitude, is notably higher than that in the English texts. The analysis also shows that the Japanese texts employ Judgement lexis, which is a resource to form a sense of group harmony, more than the other Attitudinal lexis. On the other hand, although the overall frequency of Attitudinal lexis is not high, the English texts employ Affect and Appreciation lexical items more frequently than Judgement lexical items. The analysis on the deployment of Attitudinal lexis in the texts illustrates that the Japanese texts favor inscribed Judgement items to tell readers the protagonists' characteristic in the initial stage of the story, whereas the English texts deploy the protagonists' emotional states first. This thesis argues that the language of evaluation used in the texts is responsible for instructing readers, that is elementary school students, on how to interpret interpersonal meanings as well as ideational meanings. Furthermore, the purposeful differences analyzed in this thesis reveal how knowledge is selected in the curriculum guidelines, and presented in culture-specific ways.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Hong, Hyo-Chang
Commitee: Teruya, Kazuhiro, Zhao, Jun
School: Marshall University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- West Virginia
Source: MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Linguistics, Education
Keywords: Appraisal, Discourse analysis, Language arts textbooks, Language of evaluation, School curriculum, Sfl
Publication Number: 1509717
ISBN: 978-1-267-31803-9
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