Argumentation and Language - Linguistic, Cognitive and Discursive Explorations
Oswald, Steve (EDT)
Herman, Thierry (EDT)
Jacquin, Jéréme (EDT)
This volume focuses on the role language plays at all levels of the argumentation process. It explores the effects that specific linguistic choices may have in the production and the reception of arguments and in doing so, it moves beyond the first, necessary, descriptive stance provided by current literature on the topic. Each chapter provides an original take illuminating one or more of the following three issues: the range of linguistic resources language users draw on as they argue; how cognitive processes of meaning construction may influence argumentative practices; and which discursive devices can be used to fulfil a number of argumentative goals. The volume includes theoretical and empirical or applied stances, providing the reader both with state-of-the-art reflections on the relationship between argumentation and language, and with concrete examples of how this relationship plays out in naturally occurring argumentative practices, such as classroom interaction, and political, parliamentary or journalistic discourse. This is a very original, timely and welcome contribution to the study of argumentation conducted with the tools of the language sciences. The collection of papers relevantly tackles key linguistic, discursive and cognitive aspects of argumentative practices whose treatment is underrepresented in mainstream argumentation studies by offering new and exciting linguistically-grounded theoretical accounts. As such, the volume testifies both to the vigour of the linguistic current within the discipline and to the high standards of scholarly commitment and quality that the younger generation is pushing forward. Without question, this book marks an important milestone in the relationships between linguistics and argumentation theory. Christian Plantin, Professor Emeritus
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction; Steve Oswald, Thierry Herman and Jerome Jacquin.- Part I Linguistic Resources of Argumentation.- Chapter 2 A Linguistic Revision of Toulmin's Layout of Arguments; Thierry Herman.- Chapter 3 Style and Grammar in Political Discourse: Complementation and its Argumentative-Rhetorical Potential; Maarten van Leeuwen.- Chapter 4 Evidential and Argumentative Functions of Dynamic Appearance Verbs in Italian: The Example of Rivelare and Emergere; Johanna Miecznikowski.- Chapter 5 Tracing the Roots of Defeasible Reasoning through Argumentative Indicators: A Study of the Italian Verb Sembra in Opinion Articles; Elena Musi.- Chapter 6 What is the Contribution of Connectives to Discourse Meaning? The With or Without Issue (WWI); Jacques Moeschler.- Part II Argumentative Processes: Cognition and Discourse.- Chapter 7 Argumentation as a Bridge between Metaphor and Reasoning; Francesca Ervas, Elisabetta Gola and Maria Grazia Rossi.- Chapter 8 The Straw Man Fallacy as a Prestige-Gaining Device; Louis de Saussure.- Chapter 9 Types of Dialogue and Pragmatic Ambiguity; Fabrizio Macagno and Sarah Bigi.- Chapter 10 Practical Argumentation in the Making: Discursive Construction of Reasons for Action; Marcin Lewinski.- Chapter 11 Exercising Accountability in European Parliamentary Debates on Statements: An Argumentative Perspective; Dima Mohammed.- Chapter 12 Collaborative Decision-Making in Argumentative Group Discussions among Primary School Children; Vera Mundwiler and Judith Kreuz.