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Title: Subjetividade e discurso : um estudo da valoração na produção discursiva em língua estrangeira
Keywords: Subjetividade;  Análise do discurso;  Língua inglesa;  Indeterminacy;  Subjectivity;  Discourse
Issue Date: 31-Mar-2008
Abstract: This research examines indeterminacy in foreign language(FL) discourse from the perspective of the linguistic resources of subjectivity in texts. In this context, indeterminacy is viewed as a gap in meaning in FL discourse vis-à-vis first language (L1) production, which would have effects upon the construction of the foreign speaker s discursive identity (VEREZA, 2002). The analysis of the linguistic units of subjectivity draws upon Appraisal Theory (MARTIN and WHITE, 2005), developed by researches of the so-called Sydney School working within the Systemic Functional Linguistics of M. A. K. Halliday. Appraisal deals with two fundamental perspectives of subjectivity in texts attitude and negotiation: the former related to the expression of the speaker/writer s evaluations (emotions, judgments and appreciations) and the latter to the engagement of the speaker/writer s attitudes with prior utterances and the immediate audie nce (social voices). The study contrasts the use of Appraisal resources in oral interpretative texts in English/FL and in Portuguese/L1, elicited through a research task, based on the reading of a short-story. The participants are Brazilian undergraduate and graduate students of the Portuguese/English courses of a federal university in Brazil (Universidade Federal Fluminense). The results of the analysis of the Appraisal categories in the corpus revealed that the lexical realizations of non-conclusive (relativist) evaluations were more frequent and semantically precise in L1 discourse. There was also evidence of a far more regular presence of engagement resources for the negotiation of the speaker s evaluations in L1 productions.
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