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ERIC Number: ED315813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-18
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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the NIET and the NFA: What Is Their Impact on Event Descriptions and Conflict Patterns?
Pratt, James W.
The existence of the American Forensic Association's National Individual Events Tournament (NIET) and the National Forensic Association (NFA), two strong and well-established national tournaments with essentially similar events descriptions, has certainly contributed to a very substantial amount of uniformity of events descriptions and conflict patterns in the contemporary intercollegiate forensics world. As a case in point, a comparison of the current events descriptions of the Twin Cities Forensic League with those of the NIET and the NFA tournaments reveals a substantial similarity among the three. Moreover, there is a more widespread understanding of the differences which do exist in events descriptions and, in some cases, the principles which those differences represent. Although non-uniform events descriptions and events continue to exist, for a variety of specific reasons and benefits, the greater uniformity of events benefits students who are preparing for a variety of tournaments. However, no set of rules, no matter how uniform, will ever resolve the really central questions of whether a speech must be problem/solution to be persuasive, or what constitutes a serious point, or what the difference is between acting and interpretation. (KEH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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