The Use of Claim Resources by Undergraduate Students in High- and Low-Graded Persuasive Essays

Sook Hee Lee
This paper compares high-graded essays to low-graded essays in terms of various ‘Claims’ resources used by undergraduate students. The theoretical basis of the Claim is mainly derived from the ENGAGEMENT system of the appraisal theory within a Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) framework. The ENGAGEMENT system is concerned with how writers engage with readers through internal voices of Averral and external voices of ‘Attribution’. Data was collected from 12 persuasive essays written by both international and...
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