The Structure of Arguments

The Structure of Arguments

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An important tool for scientific study in any field is a formal language in which the phenomena can be described and hypotheses formulated. In this book a formal notation is developed for the description of the cognitive structure of arguments. The analyses based on this notation are more fine-grained than the analyses in previous attempts, and they are applicable not only to arguments but to all types of moves in a discourse. Further, the notational system provides a basis for the description of relations between arguments and the structure of the discourse as a whole. In the final chapter, some empirical studies of retention of arguments in memory and of precis writing are reported, based on hypotheses formulated in terms of the notational system.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 283 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 19.05mm | 490g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588110702
  • 9781588110701

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Introduction; 3. 1. Reasoning and arguing; 4. 2. Arguments as operations; 5. 3. Operators, targets, outcomes; 6. 4. Compounds; 7. 5. Justifications; 8. 6. Conflations; 9. 7. Questions; 10. 8. Connections; 11. 9. Relations within and between arguments; 12. 10. Expressed arguments; 13. Notes; 14. References; 15. Appendices; 16. Author index; 17. Subject index; 18. List of symbolsshow more