Attitudinal System in Online Newspaper Articles Written by Female Authors

Walida Wahid Fitriani


Authors emerge personal emotions and feelings to engage readers. They wrap them in the form of attitude which is under developed by Appraisal frameworks (Martin & White, 2005). Attitude covers affect, judgment and appreciation. This study employed descriptive qualitative method in the form of discourse analysis. It is intended to explore the distribution of attitude in online newspaper articles written by female authors. There were eight articles taken from three wellknown newspaper websites. They brought different topics such as environmental issue, health, crime, politics, and education. Gender as well as psychological theories from Coates (2016); Shields (2000); Guimond (2008) were employed. The findings revealed that the eighth female authors showed three sub-systems of attitude. There were 348 affect items found in the articles written by female authors.The judgment items were pominently perceived in the eighth articles as 58%. Appreciations became the second place as 28%. Affect items were least visible as 14%. This study is worthdoing due to English teaching contributions. It helps writers to shape their good writings by using Appraisal.


attitude; online newspaper articles; female

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