A Natural Language Account for Argumentation Schemes

  • Elena Cabrio
  • Sara Tonelli
  • Serena Villata
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8249)


One of the essential activities carried out by humans in their everyday linguistic interactions is the act of drawing a conclusion from given facts through some forms of reasoning. Given a sequence of statements (i.e. the premises), humans are able to infer or derive a conclusion that follows from the facts described in the premises. In the computational linguistics field, discourse analyses have been conducted to identify the discourse structure of connected text, i.e. the nature of the discourse relationships between sentences. In parallel, research in argumentation theory has proposed argumentation schemes as structures for defining various kinds of arguments. Although the two fields of study are strongly intertwined, only a few works have put them into relation. However, a clear natural language account for argumentation schemes is still missing. To address this open issue, our work analyses how argumentation schemes fit into the discourse relations in the Penn Discourse Treebank.


Natural Language Processing Discourse Analysis Discourse Relation Argumentation Scheme Argumentation Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elena Cabrio
    • 1
  • Sara Tonelli
    • 2
  • Serena Villata
    • 1
  1. 1.INRIA Sophia AntipolisFrance
  2. 2.Fondazione Bruno KesslerTrentoItaly

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