Polyphony in Appraisal
typological and topological perspectives
Keywords:Apraisal, Evaluation, Polyphony, Typology, Topology, Attitude, Affect, Graduation, Engagement, Modality, Subjectivity
This paper examines the concept of polyphony in Appraisal (evaluation) - the combining (e.g. fusing or blending) of different kinds of Appraisal systems or sub-systems.It identifies and describes four different types of polyphonic phenomena: 1) Fused Appraisals 2) Invoked Apraisals 3) Border phenomena 4) Appraisal blends In so doing, this paper provides a preliminary systematisation of such phenomena, in some cases offering an alternative description to those currently available. It also discusses the adequacy of typology and topology in classifying Appraisal and provides a theoretical background to the multiple coding practices in the analysis of Appraisal.
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