Indicators of Confrontation

Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 12)

Because each argumentative discussion or text is based on a dispute with a real or imaginary opponent, it must be clear what the dispute entails in order to be able to adequately judge the discussion or discursive text. Which standpoints do the parties involved take, and what type of dispute is exactly at stake? A pragmadialectical analysis identifies the various elements in an argumentative discussion or text that contribute to the constitution of the dispute, and reconstructs the parts involved in terms of moves in the confrontation stage of a critical discussion. In this chapter, we shall examine which words and expressions are able to fulfil an indicative function for this analysis.


Interrogative Word Argumentative Discussion Propositional Function State Visit Metalinguistic Negation 


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