A Corpus Informed Study of Thai News Agencies’ Evaluation of Two Key Participants Found in Political Conflicts in Thailand

Abstract

Appraisal has been employed in previous foreign studies focusing on corpus-informed 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 compare media evaluation of Yingluck Shinawatra and Suthep Thaugsuban 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, connotations, and Appraisal (Martin & White, 2005) involving attitudinal positioning: judgement, were employed in this study. The results in Bangkok Post showed more negative attitudes towards Suthep, and Yingluck including impropriety, incapacity, inveracity, and untenacity. In addition, the results revealed negative attitudes towards Yingluck: inveracity, incapacity, untenacity, and impropriety. The results focusing on negative attitudes towards Suthep uncovered that Suthep’s impropriety got the highest attention. However, the results dealt with negative attitudes towards Yingluck showed that Yingluck’s inveracity got the highest attention. The Nation expressed more negative attitudes towards Yingluck: untenacity, inveracity, incapacity, and impropriety. The results related to negative attitudes towards Yingluck showed that Yingluck’s untenacity got the highest attention. However, the results concerned with negative attitudes towards Suthep uncovered that Suthep’s incapacity got the highest attention. In addition, the results uncovered more various types of negative attitudes towards Yingluck including 4 types than Suthep including 2 types.



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Wimonwan Aungsuwan, Thammasat University, Thailand

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Conference: ECLL2016
Stream: Linguistics

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