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Influencing through language : university students' argumentation strategies (2009)

Metsämäki, M. (2009). Influencing through language : university students' argumentation strategies. AFinLA-e : soveltavan kielitieteen tutkimuksia, 2009(1), 61-67. https://journal.fi/afinla/article/view/2621

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All authors or editors: Metsämäki, Maija

Journal or series: AFinLA-e : soveltavan kielitieteen tutkimuksia

eISSN: 2814-6298

Publication year: 2009

Volume: 2009

Issue number: 1

Pages range: 61-67

Publisher: Soveltavan kielentutkimuksen keskus

Publication country: Finland

Publication language: English

Persistent website address: https://journal.fi/afinla/article/view/2621

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Delayed open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/85927


This article investigates university students’ argumentation skills in their efforts to infl uence fellow students through language. The project was implemented at the University of Kuopio and the subjects, both Finnish and foreign university students, spoke English as a lingua franca. The students were required to argue in roles either ‘for’ or ‘against’ in videotaped debates. The aim was to determine how well they managed and what problems arose. In this demanding speech situation the students applied collaborative strategy, repetition, rephrasing and topic negotiation. Problems were caused mainly by the diffi cult topics and unknown terminology. However, there was a strong sense of commitment and joint effort.

Keywords: universities; students; argumentation; influencing; English language; second language; language skills; lingua franca

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