An Argumentative Analysis of the Emergence of Issues in Adult-Children Discussions

Rebecca G. Schär | USI - Università della Svizzera italiana
ISBN 9789027208668 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027259936 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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This book traces the issue in argumentative discussions from its emergence to its evolution. The book makes use of naturally occurred data of spoken argumentation to investigate how an issue is raised and possibly negotiated in argumentative discussions between young children (aged 2 to 6 years) and adults. The author proposes a typology of the emergence of issues based on the argumentative agency of the interlocutors. Moreover, the investigation sheds light on how issues evolve through negotiation among the involved interlocutors and how issues may be related to the interlocutors’ endoxa. By applying an interdisciplinary approach including argumentation theory (the pragma-dialectical model of a critical discussion and the Argumentum Model of Topics) as well as sociocultural developmental psychology this work allows for a careful consideration of the many aspects that come into play when young children start or engage in an argumentative discussions with adults.
[Argumentation in Context, 19] 2021.  xv, 160 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Rebecca G. Schär has written a smart and engaging book that skillfully mixes astute and detailed theoretical insights with real world practical examples. Children do argue, and Schär shows us how uncovering the issues they raise can help us learn about our own rationality as well.”
“Very young children don't need to wait to be taught argumentation: when adults consider them as potential rational interlocutors and grant them "thinking space", they can make sophisticated contributions to argumentative discussions and even take a leading role to address issues of concern. This opens a renewed perspective for psychology and education but also for theories of argumentation.”
“I appreciate Schär’s volume as a valuable study. The work is technically solid and clearly presented, remarkably concise, and pleasant to read. In my estimation, the book deserves high marks for its detailed discussion of the emergence of issues in adult–children argumentative discussions, namely, what happens behind the scenes. This volume offers a wealth of insights, ideas, and interesting examples on adult–children argumentative discussions, and those interested in this field of study will profit by reading it.”
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2022. From inference processes to situations of misunderstanding. Journal of Argumentation in Context 11:3  pp. 283 ff. DOI logo
Pramling, Niklas
2023. The Importance and Functions of Theory. In Methodology for Early Childhood Education and Care Research [SpringerBriefs in Education, ],  pp. 13 ff. DOI logo

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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009030: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Pragmatics
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2021003382 | Marc record