ERIC Number: ED423690
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Pour une rhetorique du quotidien. Recherches Sociolinguistiques 4. (Toward a Rhetoric of Daily Language Use).
A study, based on a single sociolinguistic interview conducted in French in Canada, analyzed language patterns typical of daily interaction, particularly that found in argumentation. It is found that speakers show a natural ability to use reasoning and processes to construct an argument adapted to the particular communication situation. Such an ability falls into the area of "natural rhetoric." In contrast to formal rhetoric, which comes from scholarly knowledge, natural rhetoric develops through contact with others. Detailed analysis of oral discourse production reveals argumentative schemas that have great coherence and complexity. It indicates the speaker's natural competence in exploiting, proportioning, and articulating a range of argumentative processes. It also suggests that the discourse of "ordinary life" is not ordinary at all. Contains 119 references. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Communication, Interviews, Language Patterns, Language Research, Language Usage, Linguistic Theory, Native Speakers, Persuasive Discourse, Pragmatics, Rhetoric
Universite Laval, Departement de langue et linguistique, Quebec G1K, 7P4, Canada.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Center for Research on Language Planning, Quebec (Quebec).