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Analysis Of Interpersonal Meaning Of The Film "Avatar"

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Discourse analysis (013087)Assessment Task 1:The text I have chosen for analysis in this paper is from the film "Avatar" which, by the looks of it, appears to be a newspaper review written by Sebastian Cordoba and obtained from the internet. The main purpose of this type of film's review genre is to express a value about the film in question; whether be it a positive or negative one. It can be seen that the text has already been divided into four sections, which, invokes a stance point from the author in relation to the views or points he tries to direct the readership towards. In terms of the text genre; the first section (orientation), is dedicating to set the scene of the film; the second and third sections (events) deals with what the author consider of being the great and the good about the film and the fourth and final sections (judgment) the author expresses his overall view about the film.In terms of the film genre Avatar; the film belongs in what is known as science fiction and fantasy genre.In this paper, I will attempt to explore the attitude being conveyed by the text and how the author positions himself in relation to the readership of this review.In order to draw a conclusion about the kinds of attitude the author describe in the text and the interpersonal relationship with the readership I draw on two sources for doing so; firstly, in addressing the discourse semantics of interpersonal meaning I draw on Appraisal theory (Martin, 2000: Martin and White, 2005), which posits three general domains: Attitude, Graduation and Engagement.The further step in analysis is to determine the kind of attitude that is expressed. Martin & White (2005) sub-classify attitude into three kinds: as affect, expressing a positive or negative feeling or emotion, as judgement, expressing an evaluation of character and behaviour, and as appreciation, expressing the quality of something. These broad categories of attitude can be further sub-classified as kinds of affect, judgement, and appreciation Martin & White (2005). This theory is informed by Systemic Functional Linguistic (SFL) theory and focus on the patterning of interpersonal meaning at the level of discourse semantics (Martin; 1992; Martin and Rose, 2006).Because attitude (expression of people's feelings) is considered to be at the heart of institutionalized feelings I have created a table where I have elicited generic wording that I consider as such. Therefore this might also include wording that later on in my work of analysis might be altered as either judgment (expression of character) and/or appreciation (value of things). In addition, an initial distinction is made in appraisal between inscribed attitudes, that is, attitude expressed directly or explicitly, and invoked attitude, that is attitude expressed indirectly or implicitly by describing them in different tables (Martin 1997, Martin & White 2005).My approach is to first describe attitude in general by analyzing and...

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