An Appraisal and Corpus Study of Thai News Agencies’ Evaluation of Suthep Thaugsuban Found in Political Conflicts in Thailand

Appraisal has been employed in previous foreign studies focusing on corpus-based analysis and comparison of news reports. However, the previous work in Thailand has inadequately been concerned with appraisal of news report comparison among news agencies, and corpus analysis. Thus, this paper aims to analyse and compare representation and attitudes of the media towards Suthep Thaugsuban in the political conflicts in Thailand between two Thai news agencies. Political online news in Thailand written in English from Thai news agency, Bangkok Post and The Nation, published from 31 October, to 31 December 2013 were compiled. Suthep was selected because of getting high frequency in keyness,and playing key role. Collocations, and connotations were employed to analyse media attitudes. Appraisal (Martin & White, 2005) involving attitudinal positioning: affect, judgement, and appreciation were employed in this study. Suthep expressed affect: unhappiness, desire, undesire, and dissatisfaction in Bangkok Post and The Nation; security in Bangkok Post; and happiness and insecurity in The Nation. He expressed affect to political activities and political tensions in Bangkok Post and The Nation; and his supporters in The Nation. Types of judgement included: normality, capacity, incapacity and impropriety in Bangkok Post and The Nation; tenacity and untenacity in Bangkok Post. Suthep was appraised by government members, Suthep__s supporters, and news reporters in these media. The results from judgement revealed that Suthep was expressed more negatively in Bangkok Post, and both positively and negatively in The Nation. In terms of implications, Corpus Linguistics and Appraisal are beneficial for textual evaluation.



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Wimonwan Aungsuwan, Thammasat University, Thailand

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Conference: IICLLHawaii2016
Stream: Linguistics

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