ERIC Number: ED279182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Towards a Description of Argumentative Text Structure.
The approach taken to discourse analysis that classifies text types according to isolated linguistic features is criticized, and an alternative approach to argumentative texts is proposed. This approach looks at the process of argumentation as an instance of the problem-solving process. The argumentative text is then seen as moving from the undesirable, problem state to the desirable state or solution. Written and spoken argumentation would manifest different strategies and features but would follow the same problem-solving process. Argumentative texts would also be characterized by interaction both between the author and addressee and between successive speech acts in the texts, and interactive analysis could be used for typological diagnosis of whole concrete texts. An advantage seen in interactive description of a text, as contrasted with typological definition, is that interactive sequencing helps to reveal the text's hierarchical structure and to identify representative speech acts. The concrete examples used in this paper are taken from a sample text, a copy of which is appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Ringbom, Hakan, Ed,; Rissanen, Matti, Ed. Proceedings from the Nordic Conference for English Studies (2nd, Hanasaari/Hanaholmen, Finland, May 19-21, 1983); see FL 016 498. Appendix contains small print.