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European Network for Argumentation and Public Policy Analysis

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(2022) "Sailing to Ithaka The transmutation of Greek left-populism in discourses about the European Union" by Dimitris Serafis, E. Dimitris Kitis, Stavros Assimakopoulos

This paper examines the reasoning lines in PM Alexis Tsipras’ political discourse in critical moments of SYRIZA’s tenure as the ruling party in Greece. Adopting a CDS perspective, we zoom in on the patterns that underlie the (de)legitimization of the crisis-ridden EU in ... Read More

(2022) "Persuasive rather than ‘binding’ EU soft law? An argumentative perspective on the European Commission’s soft law instruments in times of crisis" by Andone, C. and F. Coman-Kund

This paper starts from the premise that argumentation in EU (Commission) soft law instruments is essential for their effectiveness, mainly due to its function to persuade addressees as a means to enhance compliance. Notwithstanding their importance in the EU legal-political landscape, the problem is how ... Read More

(2022) "Information Structure effects on the processing of nouns and verbs: evidence from event-related potentials" by Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri, Emanuela Piciucco, Viviana Masia, Emanuele Maiorana & Patrizio Campisi

Electroencephalographic (EEG) signals can reveal the cost required to deal with information structure mismatches in speech or in text contexts. The present study investigates the costs related to the processing of different associations between the syntactic categories of Noun and Verb and the information categories ... Read More

(2022) "Arguing through quotations. The case of European Commission press releases" by Andone, C

This paper analyses and evaluates the use of arguments in which quotations are employed to convince the addressees of the acceptability of a proposed action. Based on the European Commission’s press releases, a communicative practice in which quotations are typically employed, the study demonstrates ... Read More

(2021) "Victims or agents of change? The representation and self-representation of women in the social media debate surrounding sustainable fashion" by Sara Greco; Chiara Mercuri; Barbara De Cock

This paper analyzes the social media debate on sustainable fashion on the basis of a multilingual dataset of Instagram posts and tweets. We focus on how women are discursively represented in terms of agentivity and how this is associated to different argumentative strategies. Our findings ... Read More

(2021) "Thematic Section:Critical perspectives on migration in discourse & communication" by Dimitris Serafis, Jolanta Drzewiecka, Sara Greco (special issue guest editors)

While these lines were written, Taliban were conquering Afghanistan, establishing a regime of terror in the country, while concurrently provoking a wide conflict in the Western public sphere about responsibilities and consequences of this situation. More specifically, Europe witnesses a racist and xenophobic wave of ... Read More

(2021) "The rise of Instagram as a tool for political communication: A longitudinal study of European political parties and their followers" by Anders Olof Larsson

Featuring a longitudinal, structural study of European party and citizen activity on Instagram between 2012 and 2018, this article outlines the overarching changes in the ways that Instagram has been employed for political party communication. Differentiating between populist and non-populist political parties, the results indicate that much ... Read More

(2021) "The Power of Free Speech without Adequate Tools – Political Rhetoric in Croatia" by Gabrijela Kišiček

This essay focuses on the power of rhetoric in a political discourse analyzing the rhetorical skills of a contemporary Croatian politicians. Croatia as a post-communist country paid very little attention to rhetorical education, and as a consequence people who enter political arena are not competent ... Read More

(2021) "The Philosophy of Argument" by Wagemans, J.H.M.

The chapter provides an overview of the philosophy of argument. It describes the conceptual and systematic aspects of logic, dialectic, and rhetoric, and illustrates how the insights developed within these classical disciplines are reflected in approaches within the present-day field of argumentation theory. The overview ... Read More

(2021) "Stock issues and the structure of argumentative discussions: An integrative analysis" by Popa, O.E. & Wagemans, J.H.M.

We develop a method for analyzing argumentative discussions centered around the notions of ‘stock issues’, i.e., the field-dependednt standard issues addressed by the participants insuch discussions. The method yields an overview of the structure and content of complexargumentative discussions with multiple participants, including the ... Read More

(2021) "Stereotypes Favour Implicatures and Implicatures Smuggle Stereotypes: The Case of Propaganda." by Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri

The paper builds on the assumption that conveying some information implicitly causes reduced critical attention on that content by addressees, as compared to the overt assertion of the same content. This may have precise evolutionary reasons, connected to the core functions for which language has ... Read More

(2021) "Slippery Slope Arguments in Legal Contexts: Towards Argumentative Patterns" by Bin Wang & Frank Zenker

Addressing the slippery slope argument (SSA) in legal contexts from the perspective of pragma-dialectics, this paper elaborates the conditions under which an SSA-scheme instance is used reasonably (rather than fallaciously). We review SSA-instances in past legal decisions and analyze the basic legal SSA-scheme. By illustrating ... Read More

(2021) "Reception of climate activist messages by low-carbon transition actors: Argument evasion in the carbon offsetting debate" by Üzelgün, M. A., Fernandes-Jesus, M. & Küçükural, Ö.

How do adherents to hegemonic discourses construe and respond to radical arguments by activists? To address the question, we examined how adherents to hegemonic climate change discourses react to a climate activist’s arguments. In interviews conducted with corporate actors of low-carbon transitions, we used ... Read More

(2021) "Presupposition, Attention and Cognitive Load" by Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri

The paper deals with the relation between linguistic presupposition and epistemic vigilance. It proposes evolutionary and cognitive reasons why presuppositions should induce shallower processing, that proves effective in persuasion and manipulation. It shows examples of presuppositions being associated with reduced critical attention from commercial advertising ... Read More

(2021) "Presupposing indefinite descriptions" by Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri, Laura Baranzini & Federica Cominetti

The IMPAQTS corpus of Italian political speeches annotated per implicit contents contains recurrent examples of NPs introduced by indefinite articles which are characterized by anaphoric specific reference:(Questa legge) hanno tentato di dichiararla anticostituzionale per non applicarla a una persona che si ritiene al di ... Read More

(2021) "Paranegations and the Square of Oppositions" by Mariusz Urbanski, Zofia Zmójdzin

In this paper, a description of semantics for non-classical negations of paralogics CLuN and CLaN is presented in terms of the theory of oppositions. An outline of a synthetic tableaux method for these and some other paralogics is given as well. More details here Read More

(2021) "Manipulative Shallow Processing Induced by Presuppositions and Topics: Theoretical Perspectives and Experimental Evidence" by Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri

The paper shows that implicit strategies for questionable contents are frequent in persuasive texts, as compared to texts with other purposes. It proposes that the persuasive and manipulative effectiveness of introducing questionable contents implicitly can be explained through established cognitive patterns, namely that what is ... Read More

(2021) "Less Scheming, More Typing: Musings on the Waltonian Legacy in Argument Technologies" by Fabio Paglieri

“Less Scheming, More Typing: Musings on the Waltonian Legacy in Argument Technologies” by Fabio Paglieri was published  in Journal of Applied Logics — IfCoLog Journal of Logics and their Applications Vol. 8 (1) 2021, 219-244 Abstract The rich and complex legacy of Walton’s theoretical work for argument technologies ... Read More

(2021) "Justification of decision-making in response to COVID-19 socio-scientific dilemmas" by Dalyot, K., Rozenblum, Y.& Baram-Tsabari, A.

Dalyot, K., Rozenblum, Y.& Baram-Tsabari, A. (2022), Justification of decision-making in response to COVID-19 socio-scientific dilemmas in The Pandemic of Argumentation. Springer International Publishing. More information here Read More

(2021) "How do scientists criticize the computer metaphor of the brain? Using an argumentative pattern for reconstructing resistance to metaphor" by Finsen, A.B., Steen, G.J. & Wagemans, J.H.M.

The central metaphor in cognitive science is the computer metaphor of thebrain. In previous work, we reconstructed the metaphor in a novel way,guided by the assumption that it functions as an explanatory hypothesis. Wedeveloped an argumentative pattern for justifying scienti󿬁c explanations inwhich this ... Read More

(2021) "Discurso de Ódio, Jornalismo e Participação das Audiências - Enquadramento, Regulação e Boas Práticas" by Marisa Torres da Silva (Coord.), João Gonçalves, Pedro Coelho & Maria José Brites

Discurso de Ódio, Jornalismo e Participação das Audiências. Enquadramento, regulação e boas práticas é o título do livro que acaba de ser publicado na Coleção Regulação dos Media/Almedina, dinamizada pela Entidade Reguladora para a Comunicação Social (ERC). ... Read More

(2021) "Critical perspectives on migration in discourse and communication: An introduction" by Dimitris Serafis, Carlo Raimondo, Stavros Assimakopoulos, Sara Greco, Andrea Rocci

The present paper analyses discursive representations and standpoint-arguments pairs, realized in articles of four mainstream Italian newspapers that report on migrants’ and refugees’ mobilization at the perceived peak of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ (2015–2017). We draw on the scholarly agenda of Critical Discourse Studies, employing tools ... Read More

(2021) "Common sense or censorship: How algorithmic moderators and message type influence perceptions of online content deletion" by Gonçalves J, Weber I, Masullo GM, Torres da Silva M, Hofhuis J.

Hateful content online is a concern for social media platforms, policymakers, and the public. This has led high-profile content platforms, such as Facebook, to adopt algorithmic content-moderation systems; however, the impact of algorithmic moderation on user perceptions is unclear. We experimentally test the extent to ... Read More

(2021) "Climate change lifestyle narratives among Norwegian citizens: A linguistic analysis of survey discourse." by Gjerstad, Øyvind, Fløttum, Kjersti

The present study proposes an analysis of climate change (CC) narratives in answers to an open‐ended survey question, where we ask what a climate‐friendly lifestyle may imply. The representative survey has been conducted online by the Norwegian Citizen Panel/DIGSSCORE, located at the ... Read More

(2021) "Climate Change in the 2019 Canadian Federal Election" by Shelley Boulianne, Stephanie Belland, Nikita Sleptcov and Anders Olof Larsson

In the weeks before the 2019 federal election, climate change strikes occurred in Canada and across the globe, which may have increased the salience of this policy issue. We use two data sources to examine the role of climate change in the 2019 federal election: a representative ... Read More

(2021) "Climate change and lifestyle: people’s expressed motivations to adopt or not adopt a climate-friendly way of life." by Fløttum, Kjersti, Gjerstad, Øyvind, Skiple, Jon KåreK.

Climate change (CC) affects both our personal everyday lifestyle choices and how we perceive of the future of humanity. Based on open-ended survey questions providing answers freely formulated by 1,077 Norwegian citizens, the aim of this paper is to see how people express their motivation for ... Read More

(2021) "Argumentative misalignments in the controversy surrounding fashion sustainability" by Sara Greco and Barbara De Cock

“Argumentative misalignments in the controversy surrounding fashion sustainability” by Sara Greco and Barbara De Cock has been published in Journal of Pragmatics Vol 174 (2021), 55-67 Abstract In light of the ongoing public controversy surrounding fashion sustainability, this paper sets out to identify misalignments that relate to ... Read More

(2021) "Argumentative dynamics in representations of migrants and refugees: Evidence from the Italian press during the ‘refugee crisis’" by Dimitris Serafis, Carlo Raimondo, Stavros Assimakopoulos, Sara Greco, Andrea Rocci

The present paper analyses discursive representations and standpoint-arguments pairs, realized in articles of four mainstream Italian newspapers that report on migrants’ and refugees’ mobilization at the perceived peak of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ (2015–2017). We draw on the scholarly agenda of Critical Discourse Studies, employing tools ... Read More

(2021) "Argument Type Identification Procedure (ATIP) – Version 4" by Wagemans, J.H.M.

What type of argument is this? Unlike for standard textbook examples, this question may be difficult to answer for natural arguments found in the wild. The Argument Type Identification Procedure (ATIP) described in this document helps the analyst of argumentative discourse to meet this challenge. ... Read More

(2021) "An Abductive Question-Answer System for the Minimal Logic of Formal Inconsistency mbC" by Szymon Chlebowski, Andrzej Gajda, Mariusz Urbanski

The aim in this paper is to define an Abductive Question-Answer System for the minimal logic of formal inconsistency mbCmbC. As a proof-theoretical basis we employ the Socratic proofs method. The system produces abductive hypotheses; these are answers to abductive questions concerning derivability of formulas ... Read More

(2021) "Adversarial argumentation and common ground in Aristotle's Sophistical Refutations" by King, Colin Guthrie

In this paper I provide support for the view that at least some forms of adversariality in argumentation are legitimate. The support comes from Aristotle’s theory of illegitimate adversarial argumentation in dialectical contexts: his theory of eristic in his work On Sophistical Refutations. Here ... Read More

(2021) "Abductive reasoning: let’s “Find Out” some models" by Natalia Zyluk, Mariusz Urbanski, Dorota Zelechowska

We present preliminary results on modelling structure of solutions to a task involving abductive reasoning. Research data were gathered using our new tool—Find Out, which has been designed in order to account empirically for abduction relatively close to everyday reasoning processes, with the necessary ... Read More

(2021) "(De)Politicizing Polyamory: Social Media Comments on Media Representations of Consensual Non-Monogamies" by Daniel Cardoso, Ana Rosa, Marisa Torres da Silva

Our research sits at the intersection of communication studies, sociology, cyberculture, and political philosophy and theory. In 2014, a 10+-min segment on polyamory aired on Portuguese open-access national television, during the prime-time newscast, and was viewed by several million people, according to official reports. The news ... Read More

(2020) “Reassessing different conceptions of argumentation” by Catarina Dutilh Novaes

“Reassessing different conceptions of argumentation” by Catarina Dutilh Novaes has been published in the book: Tanesini & M. Lynch (eds.), Polarisation, Arrogance, and Dogmatism: Philosophical Perspectives. London, Routledge, 2020. More details, here. Read More

(2020) “Changing minds through argumentation: Black Pete as a case study” by Catarina Dutilh Novaes (co-author)

in Reason to Dissent. Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Argumentation [Groningen 2019] Read More

(2020) "Why missing premises can be missed: Evaluating arguments by determining their lever" by Wagemans, J.H.M.

Traditional conceptualizations of argument usually include a ‘connecting premise’ or ‘ warrant’ that needs to be added by the analyst when missing from the original discourse. This paper provides an alternative to adding such missing premises from a list of predefined argument schemes by using the ... Read More

(2020) "The Role of Trust in Argumentation" by Catarina Dutilh Novaes

“The Role of Trust in Argumentation” by Catarina Dutilh Novaes has been published in Informal Logic,Vol 40 No 2 (2020), 205-236.  Abstract Argumentation is important for sharing knowledge and information. Given that the receiver of an argument purportedly engages first and foremost with its content, one might ... Read More

(2020) "The relevance of criteria for identifying fake news in social media: What COVID-19 infodemia reveals" by Badichi, T., Dalyot, K., & Baram-Tsabari, A.

“The relevance of criteria for identifying fake news in social media: What COVID-19 infodemia reveals” by Badichi, T., Dalyot, K., & Baram-Tsabari, A. Read More

(2020) "Representing second-order arguments with Adpositional Argumentation (AdArg)" by Gobbo, F. & Wagemans, J.H.M.

This paper extends a high-precision method for representing ‘first-order’ arguments to the linguistically and pragmatically more complex ‘second-order’ arguments (such as the argument from authority). It thereby contributes to the further development of Adpositional Argumentation (AdArg), an approach to representing argumentative discourse with applications in ... Read More

(2020) "Public Deliberation and Epistemic Parity in Direct Democracies", by Léa Farine

“Public Deliberation and Epistemic Parity in Direct Democracies”, by Léa Farine, has been published in the Proceedings of the Ontario Society for the Study of Argumentation (OSSA) Abstract:  “In a context of public-policy making, I propose to consider a fundamental norm of epistemic parity ... Read More

(2020) "Pragmatique cognitive, argumentation et perlocution" by Steve Oswald

This paper discusses the links between pragmatics (defined as the study of meaning in context) and the study of argumentation in order to ground a pragmatic approach to perlocution. Traditionally devoted to the study of illocutionary meaning, in the vein of speech act theory, pragmatics ... Read More

(2020) "Picture-perfect populism: Tracing the rise of European populist parties on Facebook" by Anders Olof Larsson

This article presents a longitudinal, structural study where party and citizen activity on Facebook is studied over a 10-year period, outlining the growing importance of audio-visual content for online campaigning purposes – as well as the rise of populist parties on the same platform. The study ... Read More

(2020) "Multimodal arguments in the mainstream press: Illustrating portrayals of migration" by Dimitris Serafis, Sara Greco, Chiara Pollaroli & Chiara Jermini-Martinez Soria

This paper sketches a methodological integration of tools from multimodal discourse analysis and argumentation in order to unveil opaque argumentative inferences emerging in multimodal configurations (i.e., headlines and press photos) of seemingly non-argumentative genres such as news articles. We offer illustrative examples from the ... Read More

(2020) "Listen Carefully! Fallacious Auditory Arguments" by Gabrijela Kišiček

In some cases, prosodic features (or other forms of sound) which accompany verbal message might be an essential part of an argument. The same as verbal, auditory arguments can also be fallacious. Prosodic features (e.g., word emphasis, pause) may contribute to making an auditory ... Read More

(2020) "L’information implicite entre économie d'effort et esquive du jugement critique" by Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri, Viviana Masia

The implicit transmission of contents in a message is one of the most effective means of persuasive communication. In both commercial and political propaganda, discursive strategies such as presuppositions, implicatures and topicalisations (which we propose to recast as implicit communicative devices) are frequently used. This ... Read More

(2020) "Knowledge and the epistemic function of argumentation – Comment on Gascón's "Where are dissent and reasons in epistemic justification?" by Christoph Lumer

José Ángel Gascón’s essay “Where are dissent and reasons in epistemic justification?” is an exposition of a version of a social functionalist epistemology. I agree with Gascón’s emphasis on reasons and on taking into account dissent as important parts of epistemology. ... Read More

(2020) "Implicit argumentation and persuasion: A measuring model" by Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri; Laura Baranzini, Doriana Cimmino, Federica Cominetti, Claudia Coppola and Giorgia Mannaioli

The paper provides evidence that linguistic strategies based on the implicit encoding of information are effective means of deceptive argumentation and manipulation, as they can ease the acceptance of doubtful arguments by distracting addressees’ attention and by encouraging shallow processing of doubtful contents. The persuasive ... Read More

(2020) "How to report on elections? The effects of game, issue and negative coverage on reader engagement and incivility" by João Gonçalves, Sara Pereira, Marisa Torres da Silva

This study investigates to what extent specific features of news articles about election campaigns impact reader engagement and civility in news comments. Using content analysis of articles (N = 830) and comments (N = 29,421) published during the 2015 Portuguese Legislative elections, we test the impact of negative coverage, issue ... Read More

(2020) "From fact-checking to rhetoric-checking: Extending methods for evaluating populist discourse" by Plug, H.J. & Wagemans, J.H.M.

One of the existing methods for assessing populist discourse is by fact-checking. This practice, however, is limited in scope in that it only assesses the truth of an isolated statement of fact. In order to enlarge the existing repertoire for critically responding to populist discourse, ... Read More

(2020) "Formal modeling of human reasoning: errors, limitations and Baconian bees" by Mariusz Urbanski

Since the end of the XX century we are witnessing a practical, or cognitive, turn in logic. Drawing on enormous achievements brought about by the mathematical turn that started more than a hundred years ago, logic now has came back to its Artistotelian roots as ... Read More

(2020) "Evaluative and Metalinguistic Dispute" by Andrés Soria-Ruiz

Recently, the hypothesis that purely evaluative disputes are metalinguistic negotiations has gained traction. The purpose of this paper is to resist a strong version of that hypothesis, and defend that some of those disputes are not metalinguistic negotiations. To defend that claim, I argue that ... Read More

(2020) "Beyond the co-production of technology and society: The discursive treatment of technology with regard to near-term and long-term environmental goals." by Üzelgün, M. A., & Pereira, J. R.

The co-production of technology and society is today a widely accepted notion. On the other hand, there is arguably a puzzle or “paradox” of technology where the means par excellence to higher-level (e.g., socio-environmental) goals, comes into view as an end in itself. We ... Read More

(2020) "Automated Argument Analysis – Comment on: Mizrahi & Dickinson: "Argumentation in Philosophical Practice: An Empirical Study" by Christoph Lumer

The paper critically discusses an empirical study by Mizrahi & Dickinson 2020, which analyzes in a huge data base (JSTORE) the incidence of three types of philosophical arguments. Their results are: 1. Deductive arguments were the most commeon type of argument in philosophy until the end of ... Read More

(2020) "Auditory Arguments - Importance of Sound in an Argumentative Discourse (An Empirical Study)" by Gabrijela Kišiček

Following up on several previous research (Groarke & Kišiček, 2018 ; Van den Hoven & Kišiček, 2017 ; Kišiček, 2016) this paper extends the study on the importance of sound in a multimodal argumentative discourse. Earlier work argued that sound (both human and non-human) ... Read More

(2020) "Arguments from Expert Opinion – An Epistemological Approach", by Christoph Lumer

in Reason to Dissent. Proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Argumentation [Groningen 2019] Read More

(2020) "Arguments from Expert Opinion – An Epistemological Approach" by Christoph Lumer

In times of populist mistrust towards experts, it is important and the aim of the paper to ascertain the rationality of arguments from expert opinion and to reconstruct their rational foundations as well as to determine their limits. The foundational approach chosen is probabilistic. However, ... Read More

(2020) "Architecture of social protection regarding youth unemployment in Albania" by Xhumari Merita

(2020) “Architecture of social protection regarding youth unemployment in Albania” by Xhumari Merita chapter in a book Social Exclusion and Labour Market Challenges in the Western Balkans ISBN 10:1-5275-4969-0 Read More

(2020) "Any #JesuisIraq planned? Claiming affective displays for forgotten places" by Barbara De Cock and Andrea Pizarro Pedraza

The stem #jesuis followed by a toponym (e.g. #jesuisParis) has proved to be very productive in the gathering of affective publics (Papacharissi 2015) around causes of mourning, after terrorist attacks and other disasters. However, not all attacks have given rise to such massive affective use ... Read More

(2020) "Annotation with Adpositional Argumentation: Guidelines for building a Gold Standard Corpus of argumentative discourse" by Gobbo, F., Benini, M. & Wagemans, J.H.M.

This paper explains Adpositional Argumentation (AdArg), a new method for annotating arguments expressed in natural language. In describing this method, it provides the guidelines for designing a Gold Standard Corpus (GSC) of argumentative discourse in terms of so-called argumentative adpositional trees (arg-adtrees). The theoretical starting ... Read More

(2020) "Annotating argument schemes" by Visser, J., Lawrence, J., Reed, C., Wagemans, J.H.M. & Walton, D.

Argument schemes are abstractions substantiating the inferential connection betweenpremise(s) and conclusion in argumentative communication. Identifying such con-ventional patterns of reasoning is essential to the interpretation and evaluation ofargumentation. Whether studying argumentation from a theory-driven or data-drivenperspective, insight into the actual use of argumentation in ... Read More

(2020) "An argumentative reconstruction of the computer metaphor of the brain" by Finsen, A.B., Steen, G.J. & Wagemans, J.H.M.

The computer metaphor of the brain is frequently criticized by scientists and philosophers outside the computational paradigm. Proponents of the metaphor may then seek to defend its explanatory merits, in which case the metaphor functions as a standpoint. Insofar as previous research in argumentation theory ... Read More

(2020) "All We Need Is Trust: How the COVID-19 Outbreak Reconfigured Trust in Italian Public Institutions" by Fabio Paglieri (co-author))

“All We Need Is Trust: How the COVID-19 Outbreak Reconfigured Trust in Italian Public Institutions” by Rino Falcone, Elisa Colì, Silvia Felletti, Alessandro Sapienza, Cristiano Castelfranchi and Fabio Paglieri has been published in Frontiers in Psychology, Vol.11 (2020) Abstract The central focus of this research is ... Read More

(2020) "A Theory of Philosophical Arguments" by Christoph Lumer

In this article, a new, idealizing-hermeneutic methodological approach to developing a theory of philosophical arguments is presented and carried out. The basis for this is a theory of ideal philosophical theory types developed from the analysis of historical examples. According to this theory, the following ... Read More

(2020) "'Find Out' - A New Method to Study Abductive Reasoning in Empirical Research" by Dorota Zelechowska, Natalia Zyluk, Mariusz Urbanski

This article presents a new tool that provides a methodological context to observe and analyze, both qualitatively and quantitatively, manifestations of abductive reasoning in empirical research. Abduction is a form of a complex reasoning carried out to make sense of surprising or ambiguous phenomena or ... Read More

(2019) “Environmental Argumentation”, special issue of the Journal of Argumentation in Context 8:1 (2019), edited by Marcin Lewiński and Mehmet Ali Üzelgün

“Environmental Argumentation”, special issue of the Journal of Argumentation in Context 8:1 (2019), edited by the APPLY Action members Marcin Lewiński and Mehmet Ali Üzelgün has been published. The authors in this special issue investigate the challenging context of environmental argumentation. This context is first ... Read More

(2019) "Why we should come off the fence when experts disagree" by Wagemans, J.H.M.

Martin Hinton in “Why the Fence Is the Seat of Reason When Experts Disagree” (2019)discusses the use of the theory of argument schemes and their associated critical questions in the situation when experts disagree about a certain matter. In this commentary, I shall focus on ... Read More

(2019) "Un enfoque cognitivo hacia el análisis del discurso: el caso de los informes de Derechos Humanos en Chile" by Barbara De Cock, Daniel Michaud Maturana, Marcela Alejandra Ruiz Zúñiga

Mediante el análisis discursivo de informes sobre los Derechos Humanos en Chile producidos en diferentes momentos históricos, mostramos cómo los hallazgos de la lingüística cognitiva pueden contribuir a la comprensión de fenómenos sociales. Concretamente, analizamos tres aspectos discursivos: (i) ... Read More

(2019) "The scaremongering fallacy of fallacy theory: how to improve reasoning without fear of error" by Fabio Paglieri

“The scaremongering fallacy of fallacy theory: how to improve reasoning without fear of error” by Fabio Paglieri has been published in the book: D. Gabbay, L. Magnani, W. Park, & A. V. Pietarinen (eds.), Natural arguments: a tribute to John Woods (pp. 79-101). London: College ... Read More

(2019) "Sophistical heritage in contemporary teaching of rhetoric" by Gabrijela Kišiček

Cilj ovog rada jest dati pregled osnovnih načela sofističkog podučavanja retorike u 5. stoljeću prije Krista i usporediti ih sa suvremenim postulatima retoričke poduke. Tijekom povijesti sofisti su vrlo često bili kritizirani i smatraju se odgovorima za negativne konotacije koje retorika ... Read More

(2019) "Regular Letters-Writers: Meanings and Perceptions of Public Debate" by Marisa Torres da Silva

Letters to the editor and online comments constitute two of the most recognized public forums where readers work out current events and issues of common concern. But unlike the correspondence section, online comments are attached to the original story and may also imply a different ... Read More

(2019) "Recognizing Argument Types and Adding Missing Reasons" by Christoph Lumer

The article develops and justifies, on the basis of the epistemological argumentation theory, two central pieces of the theory of evaluative argumentation interpretation: 1. criteria for recognizing argument types and 2. rules for adding reasons to create ideal arguments. Ad 1: The criteria for identifying argument types are ... Read More

(2019) "La lingua disonesta. Contenuti impliciti e strategie di persuasione" by Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri

Introduzione. Mercato, democrazia, propaganda e potere di sceltaI. I mezzi persuasivi della pubblicità e della propaganda 1. Le immagini e i suoni non linguistici sono più convincenti delle parole 2. Pubblicità e contenuti impliciti II. Gli impliciti linguistici del contenuto 1. L’onomatopea e il fonosimbolismo: evocare sensazioni 2. ... Read More

(2019) "Four basic argument forms" by Wagemans, J.H.M.

This paper provides a theoretical rationale for distinguishing four basic argument forms. Onthe basis of a survey of classical and contemporary definitions of argument, a set ofassumptions is formulated regarding the linguistic and pragmatic aspects of arguments. It isdemonstrated how these assumptions yield four different ... Read More

(2019) "Een pragma-dialectische reconstructie van de discussiebijdragen van arts en patiënt in ‘shared decision-making’." by Snoeck Henkemans, A.F. & Wagemans, J.H.M.

Medical consultation nowadays generally proceeds in accordance with the process of shared decision-making (SDM). In the literature on medical communication, the general characteristics of this process seem to be agreed upon. With respect to the specific division of labour between doctor and patient, however, different ... Read More

(2019) "Deontic power and institutional contexts: The impact of institutional design on deliberation and decision-making in the UK fracking debate." by Isabela Fairclough

In this article I study the constraints and opportunities available to decision-makers in an institutional context (a county council), by analyzing the deliberative process that led to the rejection of an application for exploratory fracking. Drawing on a corpus of 130,000 words, I intend to develop ... Read More

(2019) "Building argumentative adpositional trees: Towards a high precision method for reconstructing arguments in natural language" by Gobbo, F. & Wagemans, J.H.M.

There is a need for a tool for reconstructing arguments that describes their linguistic elements with high precision and at the same time identifies their type. In this paper, we prepare the ground for developing such a tool by introducing the notion of ‘argumentative adpositional ... Read More

(2019) "An annotated corpus of argument schemes in US election debates" by Visser, J., Lawrence, J., Wagemans, J.H.M. & Reed, C.A.

The US2016-SCHEMES corpus comprises transcripts of television debates leading up to the 2016 US presidential elections, combined with associated reactions on the Reddit social media platform. The full corpus (97,999 words) is annotated with the argumentative relations of inference, conflict and rephrase, and their illocutionary anchoring ... Read More

(2019) "Adpositional Argumentation (AdARg): A new method for representing linguistic and pragmatic information about argumentative discourse" by Gobbo, F. & Wagemans, J.H.M.

Cet article décrit et illustre l’utilisation de Adpositional Argumentation (AdArg), une méthode formelle nouvelle qui permet à l’analyste du discours argumentatif de représen-ter des informations linguistiques et pragmatiques de ma-nière très détaillée et quand même flexible. ... Read More

(2019) "A pragma-dialectical reconstruction of medical Shared Decision-Making (SDM)" by Snoeck Henkemans, A.F. & Wagemans, J.H.M.

In this paper we approach medical Shared Decision-Making (SDM) from the perspective of the pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation. We develop an analytical tool for reconstructing the contributions of doctor and patient to the decision-making process, taking into account both the general characteristics of SDM and ... Read More

(2019) "A method for reconstructing first-order arguments in natural language" by Gobbo, F. & Wagemans, J.H.M.

This paper develops a new method for reconstructing arguments in natural language by combining the linguistic representation framework of Constructive Adpositional Grammars (CxAdGrams) with the argument classification framework of the Periodic Table of Arguments (PTA). The method centers around the notion of ‘argumentative adpositional adtree’ (‘... Read More

(2018) "La comunicazione della nuova élite politica: novità e continuità" by Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri, Veronica Bagaglini

The language of new political élites has often been described as characterized by a preference for a sub-standard variety of language, full of vulgarisms and “swear words”. In this contribution the authors propose two innovative ways to investigate it: in the first section, through a ... Read More

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COST Action CA17132

Providing and criticising reasons is indispensable to achieve sound public policy that commands the support of both citizens and stakeholders. This need is now widely acknowledged in the recent literature and key EU documents, which highlight the perils of populist discourse and policies.

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