Cross-cultural Aspects of Academic writing: a Study of Hungarian and North American College Students L1 Argumentative Essays

September 2008
International Journal of English Studies;2008, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p65
Academic Journal
The paper presents the findings and implications of a contrastive rhetorical study of Hungarian and North American college students' L1 argumentative writing. With the help of the refined version of Mann & Thompson's Rhetorical Structure Analysis, the investigation highlights potentially culture-bound differences in the positioning and function of nuclear or thesis statements, logical organisation in terms of rhetorical structure relations on different levels of text and the representation of alternative viewpoints. Differing argumentative schemata are related to different underlying intellectual traditions, and suggestions arc made for the pedagogical integration of findings.


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