The Interpersonal Positioning of L2 Writers in Argumentative Texts

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Interpersonal positioning refers to. How writers position themselves in relation to their readersHow lexico-grammatical choices construe different types of authorial voice' and social relationships. Dialogic approach to writing Bakhtin's views of language. Writing is a form of verbal interaction

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1. The Interpersonal Positioning of L2 Writers in Argumentative Texts Efstathia Samara Ph. D. Candidate University of Athens

2. Interpersonal positioning refers to How writers position themselves in relation to their readers How lexico-grammatical choices construe different types of authorial ‘voice’ and social relationships

3. Dialogic approach to writing Bakhtin’s views of language Writing is a form of verbal interaction Writers should constantly anticipate and respond to readers’ potential reactions

4. Objectives of the study To explore how far L2 writers can manage their interaction with readers To explicate EFL writer’s problems in terms of interpersonal meanings

5. Text Analysis at two levels: AT A GENRE LEVEL AT A DISCOURSE SEMANTICS LEVEL

6. Text analysis at a genre level Generic structure of argument Interpersonal function of generic stages – how the text has been structured to facilitate its processing by readers

7. Topic of argumentative essay: Research indicates that the characteristics we are born with have much more influence on our personality and development than any experiences we may have in our life. Which do you consider to be the major influence?

8. Prescribed steps in an analytical discussion with respective interpersonal functions 1. Identification/ Background 2. Arguments for 1st position 3. Arguments against 1st position (Arguments for 2nd position) 4. Thesis 5. Reiteration of thesis/Summary of points/Suggestions Seek attention/ Build background Justify the point Justify the point Clarify writer’s stance on issue Reinforce the stance taken

9. Elaboration of main points features the greatest variation Student sample of ineffective, writer-oriented elaboration “ In my opinion, experiences that we have in life have the major influence in our personality. Our characteristics make us act in several ways, but our experiences make us choose what we really want to do. With our experiences we learn to be social, independent and confident”.

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