Speaker: Prof. (Dr.) J R Martin (Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney)

A functional linguistic perspective on evaluation

Abstract: For the past two decades linguists working within the framework of systemic functional linguistics have been developing appraisal theory as a tool for analysing evaluation in discourse. In this talk I will present a brief overview of the current model and then move on to address a number of the challenges that have arisen over the years including distinguishing inscribed from invoked attitude, determining the prosodic domain of attitude selections and the role of attitude in the negotiation of affiliation. Recent work in Maton's Legitimation Code Theory, it sociological perspective on axiologically charged constellations of meaning in particular, will be introduced in relation to these challenges.

Macken-Horarik, M & J R Martin [Eds.] 2003 Negotiating heteroglossia: social perspectives on evaluation. (Special Issue of Text 23.2).
Martin, J R 2000 Beyond exchange: appraisal systems in English. Hunston & Thompson [Eds.] Evaluation in Text: Authorial Stance and the Construction of Discourse. Oxford: OUP 142-175.
Martin, J R & P R R White 2005. The Language of Evaluation: appraisal in English. London: Palgrave

Program Schedule

09:00 - 9:15 Opening Remarks
09:15 - 10:00 Keynote: A functional linguistic perspective on evaluation.
Prof. (Dr.) J R Martin

Session 1:

10:00 - 10:40 A CCG-based Approach to Fine-Grained Sentiment Analysis
Phillip Smith and Mark Lee
10:40 - 11:05 Categorical Probability Proportion Difference (CPPD): A Feature Selection Method for Sentiment Classification
Basant Agarwal and Namita Mittal
11:05 - 11:30 Classification of Interviews - A Case Study on Cancer Patients
Braja Gopal Patra, Amitava Kundu, Dipankar Das and Sivaji Bandyopadhyay
11:30 - 12:00 Coffee/Tea Break

Session 2:

12:00 - 12:40 Analyzing Sentiment Word Relations with Affect, Judgment, and Appreciation
Alena Neviarouskaya and Masaki Aono
12:40 - 13:05 Entity Centric Opinion Mining from Blogs
Akshat Bakliwal, Piyush Arora and Vasudeva Varma
13:05 - 13:30 Classifying Hotel Reviews into Criteria for Review Summarization
Yoshimi Suzuki
13:30 - 14:30 Lunch

Session 3:

14:30 - 15:10 Emotiphons: Emotion Markers in Conversational Speech - Comparison across Indian Languages
Nandini Bondale and Thippur Sreenivas
15:10 - 15:35 How Human Analyse Lexical Indicators of Sentiments- A Cognitive Analysis Using Reaction-Time
Marimuthu K and Sobha Lalitha Devi
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee/Tea Break

Session 4:

16:30 - 17:10 Affect Proxies and Ontological Change: A finance case study
Xiubo Zhang and Khurshid Ahmad
17:10 - 17:35 Rule-Based Sentiment Analysis in Narrow Domain: Detecting Sentiment in Daily Horoscopes Using Sentiscope
Zeljko Agic and Danijela Merkler