Writing prompts and annotated 14 winning texts of argumentation by Chinese undergraduates

Published: 8 February 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/8nkzc347sn.1


The data includes the writing prompts and 14 National Final-awarded essays of argumentation from 2015-2019 Uchallenge writing contest, a nationally highly-recognized English proficiency contest in China. The 14 essays are all added with annotation of generic stages and heteroglossic Engagement resources under the "Sydney School " Genre Theory and Appraisal Theory of Systemic Functional Linguistics, to reveal both the generic and linguistic features of argumentation by second language undergraduates. The data can thus facilitate a three level (i.e. full text-paragraph-clause) analysis of voice construction in argumentation, in terms of schematic structure and lexicogrammatical resources.



Sun Yat-Sen University


Discourse Analysis in English, Academic Writing in English, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Appraisal Systems


China Foreign Language Education Foundation, Beijing Foreign Studies University


China Association of Higher Education Fund