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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 editorsMetsämäki, Maija

Journal or seriesAFinLA-e : soveltavan kielitieteen tutkimuksia


Publication year2009


Issue number1

Pages range61-67

PublisherSoveltavan kielentutkimuksen keskus

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageEnglish

Persistent website addresshttps://journal.fi/afinla/article/view/2621

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessDelayed 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.

KeywordsuniversitiesstudentsargumentationinfluencingEnglish languagesecond languagelanguage skillslingua franca

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