A comparative analysis of Greek vs. English: Can it be argued that teenagers can argue?

Maria Xargia


The present study examined 72 Greek teenagers’ use of the rhetorical features of argument construction in Greek and English using Toulmin’s (2003) scheme of argument analysis. A questionnaire, the Quick Placement Test (UCLES 2001), an essay in English and an essay in Greek were employed as research instruments. A learner corpus of English essays and a corpus of Greek essays were compiled and examined qualitatively and quantitatively. The findings revealed that students formed better arguments in English and that L2 proficiency affected argument construction in both Greek and English indicating a possible transferability of argument skills from English to Greek.


foreign language writing, argumentative writing, argument analysis, contrastive analysis

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