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Title: Qualifying Standpoints, Stance Adverbs as a Presentational Device for Managing the Burden of Proof
Written By: Assimakis Tseronis
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Description:

A number of studies from pragmatics and discourse analysis have
investigated the function of stance adverbs, such as clearly, fortunately,
frankly, perhaps, and technically, when used to qualify utterances. Within
the field of argumentation studies, scholars who have paid attention to
these words have primarily focused on the so-called modal adverbs, and have
not considered the insights that can be gained by treating the class of
stance adverbs as the linguistic realisation of a certain move in an
argumentative discussion. This study aims to fill this gap by investigating
the strategic function of stance adverbs when qualifying an utterance that
functions as a standpoint.

In this study stance adverbs are examined as a presentational device at the
arguer’s disposal when putting forward a standpoint. Assuming the
pragma-dialectical approach to the study of argumentation, the aim is to
specify how qualifying a standpoint helps arguers to pursue their
rhetorical goals without overriding the dialectical requirements pertaining
to an argumentative discussion. The study is comprised of three parts. In
the first part, the question ‘What is a qualified standpoint?’ is answered
by combining illocutionary analysis of the move of advancing a standpoint
with pragma-linguistic study of stance adverbs. In the second part, the
question ‘Why would the protagonist qualify the standpoint?’ is answered
based on the concept of burden of proof, which is essential to the move of
advancing a standpoint. In the third part, the question ‘How does
standpoint qualification function strategically in an argumentative
discussion?’ is answered by postulating that the protagonist of a qualified
standpoint is interested in managing the burden of proof, an assumption
which builds on the results of the other two parts.

The book is of interest to advanced students and scholars of argumentation
and communication studies as well as those interested in an explanation of
language use from an argumentative perspective.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Pragmatics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789460930058