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Vietnamese person reference system as an appraisal resource


Ngo, TTB and Unsworth, L, Vietnamese person reference system as an appraisal resource, Linguistic Diversity and Cultural Identity: A Global Perspective, Nova Science Publishers, Q Le, T Le (ed), USA, pp. 169-188. ISBN 978-1-61209-602-5 (2011) [Research Book Chapter]


The linguistic resources for communicating one's evaluative stance in respect of what is being discussed differ substantially in English and Vietnamese. An understanding of this difference may assist English language teachers to provide Vietnamese learners of English with resources to help them engage fully in the normal evaluative aspects of language use in English. One of the aspects of Vietnamese language which is significantly different from English is the system of person reference. This chapter describes the intricate system of person reference in Vietnamese, which consists of (1) common nouns-kinship terms, (2) people's names and (3) personal pronouns. In so doing the chapter also discusses how, in certain contexts, the choice of a person referring term implies an evaluative meaning of the addressor towards the addressees and the third party. This discussion is based the system of linguistic resources for appraisal in English mapped by Martin and White (2005), and further indicates how the Vietnamese system of person reference contributes to appraisal resources in Vietnamese.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:affect, appraisal, judgment, kinship term, person reference, personal pronoun
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Linguistics
Research Field:Applied linguistics and educational linguistics
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Communication
Objective Field:Languages and linguistics
UTAS Author:Unsworth, L (Professor Leonard Unsworth)
ID Code:119714
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2017-08-04
Last Modified:2017-10-17

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