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This study aims to shed some light on the role of evaluative language in the process of persuasion in the newly emerging genre of 'online debate'. Drawing on the appraisal framework within Systemic Functional Linguistics, this study investigates the distributional patterns of appraisal choices and co-choices in a corpus of widely viewed online debate texts (ODTs). Based on the voting results of each ODT, textual parts of the corpus were segmented into two main categories: 'more persuasive' anddoi:10.5296/ijl.v11i4.15040 fatcat:ihohswtkvngergohamwcvlbjda