Teaching by convincing: Strategies of argumentation in lectures

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The aim of this article is to show the argumentative component in the discourse of teachers. This is done on the basis of an analysis of the argumentative strategies used by teachers during the first class of a university course in order to increase their discourse efficiency. The analysis of the corpus studied shows that in such a session teachers use argumentative strategies in order to control the social distance which separates them from students. In doing so, they make a double movement, one of distancing and one of approximation, with the aim of achieving a balance which permits them to consolidate their authority in the eyes of the students and, at the same time, present an accessible and well-disposed image to them. © 2001 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-206
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001


  • Academic discourse
  • Argumentation
  • Discourse analysis
  • Lecture
  • Oral language
  • Pragmatics


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