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Why is it that people are often inclined to accept irrational arguments or to reject rational ones? It is, the author argues, because discussions in everyday life are both dialectical – conducted with the best possible solution in mind – and rhetorical – organized by the interactors in the form of a discursive event. By combining argumentation theoretical and discourse analytical insights and revisiting ancient and medieval rhetoric and dialectics, this study transcends the assumption of a symmetrical communicative situation in which only «good» arguments matter. It redefines dialectical concepts, e.g., acceptability or conclusiveness, from a rhetorical and dialogic perspective and is thereby able to address colloquial speech arguing as the inherently asymmetrical discursive event it is.
|Publisher:||Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated|
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About the Author
The Author: Marco Rühl studied Romance Languages and Literatures, German, Rhetoric, and Discourse and Argumentation at the Universities of Marburg, Germany, Paris-Sorbonne, France, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany, and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He is currently an Assistant Professor for Romance Lingui-stics and French Language teaching at the University of Kiel, Germany. His research focus includes Discourse and Multimedia, IT Media in Teaching Environments, and Language Policies.
Table of Contents
Contents: Argumentation in colloquial speech – Dialogically organized interactive event: Argumentation as a Communicative Phenomenon – Dialogic Rhetoric and Argumentative Semantics – A Typology of Interactive Macro-structures of Arguing.