Crombie, W., Bruce, I. & Houia-Roberts, N.(2005). The arguing genre and the explaining genre: A comparison in terms of discourse relational analyses of texts written in English and texts written in Maori. He Puna Korero: Journal of Maori and Pacific Development, 6(1), 27-33.
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There is a commonly held belief that those who are immersed in indigenous cultures have a tendency, when constructing academic texts, to avoid sequential, deductive argumentation. We report here on a comparison of two groups of texts exhibiting two different genres – explaining and arguing. One group of texts was written in Māori by indigenous authors, the other group was written in English by non-indigenous authors. Our findings are that although the percentage use of logico-deductive relationships is roughly equivalent for both groups of texts/ writers in the case of the explaining genre, the Māori texts/ writers use almost twice the percentage of logicodeductive relationships as do the English texts/ writers.
School of Māori and Pacific Development, The University of Waikato
This article has been published in the journal: He Puna Korero: Journal of Maori and Pacific Development.