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ERIC Number: ED341094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Pages: 13
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Delivery: An Archaic Communication Concept in Academic Debate?
Soenksen, Roger
The delivery of an argument in debate has been clearly shown to be important in facilitating the changing of attitudes favorably toward a message, in enhancing understanding of the material, and in increasing the speaker's ethos. Despite its importance, however, delivery has become dead as a communication concept in debate and is no longer a rationale used by judges to render decisions. Examination of intercollegiate debates show that rate, comprehensibility, eye contact, movement, and gestures are commonly ignored by judges when assigning wins, losses, or speaker points. The trend seems to be that debaters will continue to employ a unique delivery style until judges penalize such behavior. Some suggestions for changing this trend are: (1) include style as a major component in judging criteria; (2) establish delivery as a rule for debate; (3) shorten the competitive season; (4) limit the evidence; (5) limit the topic; and (6) encourage random judging assignments of a diversity of judges. (Nineteen notes are included.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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