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Wed Mar 03 2021

Books: Enthymemes and Topoi in Dialogue: Breitholtz

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Date: 03-Mar-2021
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Subject: Enthymemes and Topoi in Dialogue: Breitholtz
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Title: Enthymemes and Topoi in Dialogue
Subtitle: The Use of Common Sense Reasoning in Conversation
Series Title: Current Research in the Semantics / Pragmatics Interface
Published: 2021
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Ellen Breitholtz
Electronic: ISBN: 9789004436795 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004436787 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99

In Enthymemes and Topoi in Dialogue, Ellen Breitholtz presents a novel and precise account of reasoning from an interactional perspective. The account draws on the concepts of enthymemes and topoi, originating in Aristotelian rhetoric and dialectic, and integrates these in a formal dialogue semantic account using TTR, a type theory with records.

Argumentation analysis and formal approaches to reasoning often focus the logical validity of arguments on inferences made in discourse from a god’s-eye perspective. In contrast, Breitholtz’s account emphasises the individual perspectives of interlocutors and the function and acceptability of their reasoning in context. This provides an analysis of interactions where interlocutors have access to different topoi and therefore make different inferences.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng)

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