Argumentative Style

A pragma-dialectical study of functional variety in argumentative discourse

ORCID logoFrans H. van Eemeren | University of Amsterdam & Leiden University
ORCID logoBart Garssen | University of Amsterdam
ORCID logoSara Greco | Università della Svizzera italiana
ORCID logoTon van Haaften | Leiden University
ORCID logoNanon Labrie | Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
ORCID logoFernando Leal | University of Guadalajara
ORCID logoPeng Wu | Jiangsu University
ISBN 9789027211354 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027257659 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Argumentative Style discusses the various ways in which the defence of a standpoint is given shape in argumentative discourse. In this innovative study the new notion – ‘argumentative style’ – introduced for this purpose is situated in the theoretical framework of the pragma-dialectical approach to argumentation. This means that the choices involved in utilising a particular argumentative style do not only concern the presentational dimension, but also the topical selection and the audience adaptation of the strategic manoeuvring taking place in the discourse. In identifying the functional variety of the argumentative styles utilised in the political, the diplomatic, the legal, the facilitatory, the academic, and the medical domain, the point of departure is that these argumentative styles manifest themselves in the discourse in the argumentative moves that are made, the dialectical routes that are chosen and the strategic considerations that are brought to bear.
[Argumentation in Context, 20] 2022.  x, 332 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Argumentative Style is the joint product of a group of seven experienced scholars who follow the productive pragma-dialectical approach to argumentation and Frans van Eemeren’s insights on style published in 2019. The opening chapters set the theoretical ground rules of analysis and identify two comprehensive types of argumentative style, the detached and engaged. These are carried through the remaining seven chapters covering specific contexts and activity types in important argument domains. With exemplary clarity, the authors tie their explorations to the dimensions and stages of argumentation, offering readers a model of precise, theoretically rigorous stylistic analysis.”
“This book brings clarity to the complex topic of argumentative style. Understood as how argumentation is conducted – including the analytic overview, dialectical route, and strategic design – argumentative style, seen in the stages of an argumentative discourse, reveals how arguers attempt to convince their audiences of the acceptability of standpoints. The empirical studies reported are a vivid example of the cutting-edge work driving today’s research.”
“This outstanding and hugely important study is both theoretically and empirically innovative. Van Eemeren and his colleagues have succeeded in redefining the concept of ‘style’ in a new and adequate way, useful for and applicable to analysing strategic manoeuvring in real-life interactions, in the context of a range of relevant social fields – from political advertising to parliamentary debates and medical decision-making. This book is a must-read for anybody interested in understanding and explaining the plethora of frequently polarised and complex debates which we are all confronted with in our ever more globalised world.”
“My critical remarks do not diminish a very positive overall assessment: As van Eemeren et al. (2022) have shown, the notion of "argumentative style" can be fruitfully and successfully integrated into the research program of Pragma-Dialectics and further enhance its status as the most comprehensive theory of argumentation of our time.”
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Kienpointner, Manfred
2023. Introduction. Discourse Studies 25:4  pp. 465 ff. DOI logo
Strukowska, Marta E.
2023. Argumentative indicators in the adjudication of Russia-Ukraine dispute. A pragma-dialectical study. Scripta Neophilologica Posnaniensia 23  pp. 77 ff. DOI logo
van Eemeren, Frans & Bart Garssen
2023. A functional diversity of argumentative styles. Discourse Studies 25:4  pp. 510 ff. DOI logo
van Eemeren, Frans H.
2022. Characterising an MEP’s argumentative style. Journal of Argumentation in Context 11:1  pp. 6 ff. DOI logo
van Eemeren, Frans H. & Ton van Haaften
2023. The Making of Argumentation Theory: A Pragma-dialectical View. Argumentation 37:3  pp. 341 ff. DOI logo
Wu, Peng & Tian-bao Zhou
2023. Argumentative patterns based on pragmatic argumentation at China’s diplomatic press conferences. Discourse Studies 25:4  pp. 549 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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