The Category of Evaluation in Barack Obama’s Election Discourse: An Empirical Account

Rakhim Zakiyevich Muryasov, Anna Sergeyevna Samigullina, Rafael Arkadyevich Gazizov


The purpose of the present piece of research is concerned with functional peculiarities identification of the category of evaluation as manifested in the Barack Obama election discourse. Present-day linguistics emphasizes the importance of such studies whose findings could be applicable not only in the process of linguistic analysis proper, but also in the related spheres of knowledge such as political science, political rhetoric, etc. Furthermore, taking into account the innate ability of a human-being to perform the so-called evaluative reasoning, it seems topical to consider how this reasoning is reflected in the political discourse of key political figures. Evaluation is treated as a heterogeneous phenomenon typical of human cognition and psychology. Evaluation constructs the ideological basis of a discourse as well as builds and maintains relationships between interactants. Evaluation in discourse is realized within three interacting domains of attitude, engagement, and graduation. The first one (attitude) is seen as of special interest within the scope of the present investigation.

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Evaluation, Political discourse, Election discourse, Attitude, Affect, Judgment, Appreciation.

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