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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2021, 4(8); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2021.040820.

Interpersonal Trust Repair of the First-time TV Argument between Chinese and American Anchors Based on Appraisal Theory


Chencheng Liu

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Chencheng Liu

School of Foreign Languages China Three Gorges University, Yichang, Hubei, China 443002


The Sino-US trade war has been in complicated disturbance since 2018, including tariff war, WTO complaints, technology blockade, Sino-US negotiations and other events, which gives rise to the detrimental trust relations between both sides. Taking the TV debate between Chinese anchor Liu Xin and American anchor Trish Reagan’s exclusive TV programme Trish Regan Primetime on May 30, 2019 as the corpus, the UAM Corpus Tool 3 as the marking tool and Martin’s appraisal theory as the theoretical framework, this study explores the use of attitude resources, engagement resources and graduation resources through the mixed qualitative and quantitative analysis method. This study aims to help guide the public to conduct correct attribution analysis and reassess its credibility in crisis events, especially in international discourse.


Appraisal Theory; Trust Repair; Sino-US Anchors TV Debate; Sino-US Trade; Interpersonal Pragmatics

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Chencheng Liu. Interpersonal Trust Repair of the First-time TV Argument between Chinese and American Anchors Based on Appraisal Theory. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2021) Vol. 4, Issue 8: 123-130. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2021.040820.


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