CRITICAL TEXT ANALYSIS
● Have I seen this type of text before?
● Who has produced this text?
● Why has this text been written?
● To whom is the text addressed?
● What is the text about?
PHASE ONE: to build key linguistic categories to support textual analysis
● Underline the personal pronouns in the text. How many refer to the writer, the reader, or third persons (people, places or things described in the text) ● Verbs in the text. What is the mood of these verbs: imperative, affirmative, negative, etc.What is the effect of the use of the different moods? Contrast it with the effect of alternate choices.
● Decide who the text was written for: Pick key nouns, verbs and adjectives which suggest a particular kind of reader. Do you feel that the text was written for someone like you?
PHASE TWO: to explore at greater depth the ideological significance of the linguistic patterning in texts
● As you read consider the following questions: How easy or difficult do you find the text? How interesting / engaging or boring do you find the text? How balanced or biased do you find the text?
● Consider the interpersonal meanings in the text: The ways in which the reader and writer are referred to. Mood. Modality. Language items that which signal writer attitude. ● Consider the ideational meanings in the text Major, minor and invisible participants. Nouns in subject position. The kinds of verbal processes described. Agency and deleted agency.
● Consider the textual meaning in the text Overall layout of the text. Use of reported or direct speech. What information comes first in sentences and in the whole text. What kind of cohesion is used. What is the effect of the interpersonal, ideational and textual meanings selected?
● Consider how far the text describes different people. Put the people into groups. ...
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