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ARNOUX, Elvira Narvaja de; DI STEFANO, Mariana  and  PEREIRA, María Cecilia. Professional writings: Argumentative devices and rhetorical strategies. Rev. signos [online]. 2016, vol.49, suppl.1, pp.78-99. ISSN 0718-0934.

This paper seeks to highlight the importance for teaching of writing in the vocational training of their own ‘argumentative devices’ of different professional fields. It is considered that the discursivities of these areas involve different ways of conceptualizing data, to link the particular with the general and to answer specific problem that challenges them. While these ways of conceptualizing are no strangers to the semiotic tools, especially verbal and iconic, they can be thought as pre-discursive and that they give rise to argumentative guiding devices which are explained finally in their own genres of such practices, with the deployment of the appropriate rhetorical strategies. In this work, the ‘argumentative devices’ are illustrated as of examples from four professional practices, characterized by centrally exercised through discursive production: they are assumed by psychoanalysts, priests, lawyers and journalists. Regulatory provisions governing professional discursivities are also analyzed, because the respective professions pay attention to these requirements, and in doing so, expose the representation they have of their practice.

Keywords : Argumentative device; prediscursive; vocational training; writing teaching; discursive genres.

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