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“Va a ser de dos palabras nomás”. El desacuerdo como un recurso en los trabajos en grupo: “It will only consist of two words”. Disagreement as a resource in study group sessions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages, Romance Languages.
2012 (Spanish)In: Onomázein, ISSN 0717-1285, Vol. 25, no 1, 261-285 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analyses argumentation –the negotiation of opinions in interaction– in multi-party conversations, more specifically in study group sessions involving Chilean university students. In particular, the study focuses on the ways in which the participants end argumentative sequences which were initiated with an explicit expression of disagreement. In the article, a classification of the different kinds of resolutions is presented, which distinguishes between who (protagonist, antagonist or a third party) ends the sequence and how it is ended: explicitly, implicitly or through a suspension of the argumentative sequence. By means of an exhaustive analysis of the data at hand, the study intends to answer two basic questions. First, if interpersonal disagreement does in fact, as is maintained by previous research, constitute a problem which needs to be resolved, this will be clear from the ways in which the participants orient themselves towards the disagreement and try to resolve it. Second, based on the same premises, the participants would then need to collaborate to resolve the disagreement in order to bring the argumentative sequence to a close and go back to elaborating the task at hand, an objective which presumably is given a special priority in the studied context, where the primary aim of the conversation – that of bringing the study group session to a fruitful ending – can be assumed to condition the strategies used in resolving the argumentative sequences. The results indicate that disagreements in the studied event, rather than being treated as problematic, are used by the participants as a means of reaching a successful solution to the task given.

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Santiago de Chile: Instituto de Letras, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile , 2012. Vol. 25, no 1, 261-285 p.
Keyword [en]
argumentation; interaction; disagreement; Chilean Spanish; academic discourse; study group
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Specific Languages
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Romance Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179221ISI: 000310463500013OAI: diva2:543840
Available from: 2012-08-10 Created: 2012-08-10 Last updated: 2016-02-26Bibliographically approved

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