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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

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By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: A Systematic Theory of Argumentation
Subtitle: The pragma-dialectical approach
Written By: Frans H. van Eemeren
Rob Grootendorst

In this book two of the leading figures in argumentation theory present a
view of argumentation as a means of resolving differences of opinion by
testing the acceptability of the disputed positions. Their model of a
'critical discussion' serves as a theoretical tool for analyzing,
evaluating and producing argumentative discourse. They develop a method for
the reconstruction of argumentative discourse that takes into account all
aspects that are relevant to a critical assessment. They also propose a
practical code of behavior for discussants who want to resolve their
differences in a reasonable way. This is a major contribution to the study
of argumentation and will be of particular value to professionals and
graduate students in speech communication, informal logic, rhetoric,
critical thinking, linguistics, and philosophy. "...a major event in
argumentation theory scholarship." Michael C. Leff, Northwestern University

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521830753
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 224
Prices: U.S. $ 58.00
U.K. £ 40.00