Argumentation in Students' Academic Discourse

Kara Mariann Gilbert

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    A variety of theoretical and epistemological perspectives on the notion of argument has contributed towards the development of numerous text analysis systems in contemporary argumentation research, making the selection of an analytic model for the description and evaluation of arguments in natural language contexts a cmoplex task for researchers. Not surprisingly, Western scholars have overwhelmingly relied on Anglo- and Euro-centric modesl of argumentation as normative references of argument structure and quality in a variety of research contexts, disregarding plurality of prctice within socio-cultural contexts. I will discuss how the findings of my own research, in which I examine the rhetorical styles of Australian and Japanese students academic writing in English, have led me to suggest an approach towards argument analysis that accommodates the variety of rhetorical styles found in my studies of academic writing and contributes towards a useful account of the functions and structures of academic argument in contemporary tertiary texts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Uses of Argument
    EditorsDavid Hitchcock
    Place of PublicationOntario Canada
    PublisherOntario Society for the Study of Argumentation
    Pages129 - 138
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)0968346146
    Publication statusPublished - 2005
    EventThe Uses of Argument - Hamilton Ontario Canada, Ontario Canada
    Duration: 1 Jan 2005 → …


    ConferenceThe Uses of Argument
    CityOntario Canada
    Period1/01/05 → …

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