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Exploring 'attitude' in information for parents of newly identified deaf and hard of hearing (D/HH) children in NSW: an Appraisal Analysis of two early intervention websites
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 13:43 authored by Emily Kecman
It is often argued that the provision of information is not a technical activity, but rather a contextualised social action. Previous research into informed choice for parents of D/HH children reinforces this perspective, highlighting the role contextual factors play in increasing 'subjective presence' within information provided to parents of D/HH children. This research analyses the websites of two major early intervention centres in NSW using a social semiotic approach, employing APPRAISAL analysis to the websites to contribute to a better understand the nature of information parents encounter in the contemporary context. APPRAISAL allows for systematic analysis of linguistic resources employed within texts to express attitudes, adopt stances, or to encourage positive or negative evaluations of phenomena from readers/listeners. The qualitative and quantitative findings indicate a number of discursive patterns of evaluations and attitudes within the websites. Certain intervention approaches and services are appraised more frequently and positively than others, and D/HH children and their families are appraised as 'conditionally successful' -with the condition being that they receive the right kind of assistance from the right organisation. It is argued for that these and other patterns of evaluation affect the extent to which families are genuinely supported to exercise informed choice.
Table of Contents1. -- Introduction -- 2. Literature Review -- 3. Methodology -- 4. -- Findings -- 5. Conclusions.
NotesBibliography: pages 106-114 Theoretical thesis.
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis MRes
DegreeMRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Linguistics
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Linguistics
Year of Award2017
Principal SupervisorJohn Knox
RightsCopyright Emily Kecman 2017 Copyright disclaimer: http://mq.edu.au/library/copyright
Extent1 online resource (162 pages): illustrations (some colour)
Former Identifiersmq:72195 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/1282343
informed choiceinformation provisionfamily centred early intervention (FCEI)Deaf childrenHearing impaired children -- Services forwebsite analysisdecision makingDeaf children -- Languageparents of deaf childrenattitudinal languagediscourse analysisSystemic Functional Linguistic (SFL)Hearing impaired childrendeaf childrenD/HH childrenAPPRAISAL analysis