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ENG4109 – Studies in Systemic Functional Grammar: Appraisal Theory

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Course content

The objective of this 4000-module is to introduce you to ‘appraisal theory’, which is a development of the interactive dimension of M. Halliday’s functional grammar – Systemic Functional Grammar.

Learning outcome

‘Appraisal theory’ deals with the use of evaluative linguistic forms that reveal how the text and thus also how senders express personal attitudes and values and how they react to and relate to other people’s statements of value and belief. The use of evaluative language is important for the reader’s position when it comes to accepting of rejecting the text’s underlying ideology.


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The minimum number of attendants for this course it 3, the maximum 10.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

ENG2151 – Systemic Functional Grammar, introduction or equivalent.


The course is taught throughout the semester with 2 hours per week, 28 hours in all. At the middle of the semester there is a two-week period with no teaching, which will be used for self-study and work with assignments. The students are supposed to attend the course regularly


Assessment is based on 1) a analysis of a text (10 standard pages) and 2) a final oral examination. The final grade will be given after the oral examination.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.


Med et noe utvidet pensum vil emnet kunne telle 15 studiepoeng (hovedemne) i gammel studieordning.

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