Interpersonal Grammar in Tagalog: Assessment Systems

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In this paper we extend work on the interpersonal grammar of Tagalog by focusing on ASSESSMENT resources realised through non-pronominal clitics. From a discourse semantic perspective ((Martin & Rose; 2007); (Martin & White; 2005)) ASSESSMENT is centrally involved in the enactment of ENGAGEMENT; as interlocutors negotiate consensus around propositions and proposals; and the attitudes they inscribe or invoke. The meaning of each assessment clitic is characterised as the basis for the formalisation of this resource in system networks. In addition the role of assessment clitics in discourse is illustrated through move by move analysis of two main texts. The paper concludes with some discussion of the limitations of SFL''''''''s hierarchy of realisation as far as the description of Tagalog ASSESSMENT resources are concerned.