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Interpersonal Rhetoric in the Editorials of «China Daily»

A Generic Perspective

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Liu Lihua

This book offers a critical review of three different approaches to Editorial Discourse Analysis (EDA). In a practical approach, each of the three – linguistic, discoursal and dialogistic – is applied to the analysis of China Daily editorials.
What are the social functions of China Daily editorials? How are these functions realized in the editorial texts? These are the questions the author focused on carrying out this study, which is aimed at exploring the reasons for the discourse practice of editorials of China Daily.
Beyond describing the language features of China Daily editorials, this book attempts to explain Interpersonal Rhetoric from cultural and social perspectives.

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1 Introduction ................................................................................. 9 1.1 Purpose of the study ............................................................ 9 1.2 Significance of the study ..................................................... 9 1.3 Research questions .............................................................. 12 1.4 Data and methodology ........................................................ 13 1.5 Organization of this research............................................... 13 2 Theoretical Foundations ............................................................. 17 2.1 Introduction ......................................................................... 17 2.2 Language as action and affiliation ...................................... 17 2.3 Systemic functional linguistics ........................................... 19 2.4 Critical Discourse Analysis ................................................. 22 2.5 Genre studies ....................................................................... 31 3 Towards an Analytical Model of Editorial Discourse Analysis .................................................. 49 3.1 Introduction ......................................................................... 49 3.2 Current research on editorials ............................................. 49 3.3 Different perspectives on evaluation analysis ..................... 53 3.4 Attitude in the framework of appraisal ............................... 60 3.5 The study of modality ......................................................... 68 3.6 The dialogistic perspective on discourse ............................ 71 3.7 Locating editorials in genre ................................................. 82 3.8 An Analytical model of editorial discourse analysis .......... 84 4 Attitude in the Editorials ............................................................. 91 4.1 Introduction ......................................................................... 91 4.2 Distribution of attitude types in the data ............................. 91 4.3 Discussions .......................................................................... 95 4.4 The social functionality of attitude ..................................... 104 85 Modal Expressions in Editorials .................................................. 113 5.1 Introduction .......................................................................... 113 5.2 Distribution of different modals in editorials ...................... 113 5.3 Discussion............................................................................. 117 5.4 Functions of modal expressions in the editorials ................ 134 6 Editorial as Social Action ........................................................... 145 6.1 Introduction ......................................................................... 145 6.2 Classification of the editorials of China Daily ................... 146 6.3 Modeling the generic structure of editorials ....................... 150 6.4 A typological perspective on the editorials in China Daily ..................................................................... 169 6.5 Topological perspective on editorials .................................. 181 7 Rhetoric Alignment in the Editorials .......................................... 185 7.1 Introduction ......................................................................... 185 7.2 Interpersonal rhetoric in the editorials ................................ 185 7.3 Explaining editorials ........................................................... 186 7.4 Calling-on editorials ............................................................ 193 7.5 Praising editorials ................................................................ 198 7.6...

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