An Analysis on the BRICS TALK from the Perspective of Modality System
Journal of Literature and Art Studies
The tenth BRICS Summit was held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2018, which attracted attention from the whole world. Especially, it is of great importance to the BRICS nations, for it is the first ten years of BRICS, which marks its growth. Meanwhile, this year the Trump administration imposed more strict policies on protectionism. Particularly, the trade war between China and the United States is so intensive. China, as the core member of BRICS has great clout on BRICS, so the trade war
... so the trade war between China and US also arouse a heat discussion among the BRICS nations. During the Summit, CGTN invited experts from the five BRICS nations to discuss related topics. Systemic Functional Linguistics, as one of the most influential branches of Linguistics, was firstly established by M. A. K. Halliday, and it has been greatly developed over the past decades. Interpersonal meaning is one of the three meta-functions, which focuses on how addressers use language to communicate, establish and maintain relationships with addressees, and express their opinions. Mood and modality are two basic resources to the realization of interpersonal meaning. Mood is used to represent the interaction of the language users, while modality reflects the utterers' attitudes and judgments. The paper discusses the three aspects of modality: modal operators, modal adjuncts and metaphors of modality. The paper applies the modality system to the analysis of the transcript of BRICS TALK. The author selects the experts' speeches on the trade war between China and US as the data. The research questions are as followed: (1) the characteristics of the modality resources appeared in their talks; (2) the BRICS nations attitudes and stance on trade war and America's protectionism.