A Corpus-Based Analysis and Appraisal of News Reports on Protesters from Political Conflicts in Thailand by Foreign News Agencies


Appraisal has been employed in previous foreign studies. They have focused on corpus-based analysis and comparison of news reports. However, The previous work in Thailand has inadequately focus on appraisal of news report comparison among news agencies, and corpus analysis. The data have been selected from newspapers written in Thai. Thus, this paper aims to use corpus data to analyse and compare appraisal of news reports on protesters as the appraiser and appraised from political conflicts in Thailand between two foreign news agencies. Thai political news from two English online newspapers: BBC and CNN published from 31 October, to 31 December 2013 were compiled. The term “protester/s” which played key role in these conflicts was selected. Concordance lines of “protester/s” were employed to analysed collocations and structures of appraising items. Appraisal (Martin & White, 2005) were employed in focusing on attitudinal positioning: affect, judgement, and appreciation. In BBC, protesters expressed affect: happiness, undesired, insecurity, and dissatisfaction. Appraised items include government, nongovernment, political activities, violence, and political activity product. In judgement including propriety, impropriety, capacity, and incapacity, protesters are appraised by government, antigovernment, and news reporters. In CNN, protesters expressed affect: happiness, undesire, security, and dissatisfaction. Appraised items are political system, government, nongovernment and anti-nongovernment. In judgement containing tenacity, propriety, and impropriety, protesters are appraised by government, and news reporters. The similarities and differences are appraising, appraised and appraiser items. Appraising items are expressed positively from adjectives and verbs and negatively from adjectives and verbs + political activities in negative meaning.

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Wimonwan Aungsuwan, Thammasat University, Thailand

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Conference: ACLL2015
Stream: Linguistics

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