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  1. Strategic Manoeuvring by Dissociation in Corporate Crisis Communication: The Case of the 2017 United Airlines’ Passenger Dragging-Off Incident.Jieyun Feng, Fan Zhao & Aiqing Feng - 2021 - Argumentation 35 (2):321-338.
    Within the research framework of pragma-dialectics, this study analysed and assessed strategic manoeuvring by dissociation in corporate crisis communication, exemplified by the 2017 United Airlines’ Passenger Dragging-off Incident. As shown from the analysis of the public statements issued on its official website and Twitter, United Airlines adopted dissociation using the lexical item “volunteer” in the different stages of argumentation: bringing forward a standpoint, maintaining a standpoint and mitigating a standpoint. In so doing, the corporation strategically manoeuvred the topical potential and (...)
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  • Confrontational Maneuvering by Dissociation in Spokespersons’ Argumentative Replies at the Press Conferences of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Peng Wu - 2019 - Argumentation 33 (1):1-22.
    Within the framework of pragma-dialectics, this paper analyzes the use of dissociations in the spokespersons’ replies at the press conferences held by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2015 and 2017. As shown in the research results, to cut down the authority of their opponents in criticizing China and to convince the international general public of the Chinese standpoints, four subtypes of dissociation are used, which can be differentiated as: “distorted” Term I versus “authentic” Term II, “ambiguous” Term I (...)
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  • The Presentational Dimension of Geert Wilders’s Populist Argumentative Style.Henrike Jansen & Maarten van Leeuwen - 2021 - Journal of Argumentation in Context 10 (1):121-143.
    This study responds to van Eemeren’s call for research on the prototypical argumentative styles used in particular domains or communicative activity types by particular individuals or groups. It explores the argumentative style of Dutch politician Geert Wilders in presenting populist arguments, i.e., arguments claiming that if many people hold a certain standpoint, this standpoint should be accepted. A corpus study of 27 texts taken from the website of Wilders’s political party reveals four characteristics of this presentation that deviate significantly from (...)
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  • Mediators’ Reframing as a Constitutive Element of a Reconciliatory Argumentative Style.Sara Greco & Chiara Jermini-Martinez Soria - 2021 - Journal of Argumentation in Context 10 (1):73-96.
    This paper shows that reframing of conflict can be considered as a constitutive element of a “reconciliatory argumentative style”, which is typical of dispute mediators, whose aim is to steer parties towards the resolution of their conflict. On the basis of a systematic empirical analysis of mediation cases, we first show that reframing encompasses a change of issue, which may or may not be justified by arguments. Then, we show how it is functional to the three aspects of mediators’ strategic (...)
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  • On the Relation Between Argumentative Style and Linguistic Style.Ton van Haaften & Maarten van Leeuwen - 2021 - Journal of Argumentation in Context 10 (1):97-120.
    Argumentative style is assumed to be instrumental to the implementation of an arguer’s strategic plan to resolve a difference of opinion in his/her favor. One important constitutive element of argumentative style are linguistic choices. It is therefore crucial to pay close and systematic attention to linguistic choices and their argumentative functions in the analysis of argumentative style. In this paper we discuss how a linguistic-stylistic analysis can be conducted systematically by making use of methodological insights from the so-called “linguistic-stylistic approach”, (...)
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  • Examining Argumentative Style.Frans H. Van Eemeren - 2021 - Journal of Argumentation in Context 10 (1):8-25.
    In this theoretical expose, it is argued that the notion of argumentative style is more encompassing and at the same time more specific than the more familiar notion of linguistic style. According to van Eemeren, argumentative styles always have three dimensions: the selection of standpoints, starting-points, arguments or other argumentative moves, the adjustment of argumentative moves to the frame of reference and preferences of the listeners or readers, and the choice of verbal or non-verbal means for advancing argumentative moves. In (...)
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  • Characteristics of a Detached Argumentative Style in Public Policy Analysis.Anca Gâță - 2021 - Journal of Argumentation in Context 10 (1):46-72.
    This study is a contribution to the recently introduced notion of argumentative style in the framework of the pragma-dialectical approach. It aims at characterizing a detached argumentative style, by focusing on a speech event pertaining to the communicative activity type organizational discourse, a report on EU environment and climate change policies. The analysis concerns the executive summary and the key findings of the report, reconstructed in the analysis as the concluding stage of the critical discussion corresponding to the pragma-dialectical model. (...)
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  • The Uncompromising Confrontational Argumentative Style of the Spokespersons’ Replies at the Regular Press Conferences of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Wu Peng - 2021 - Journal of Argumentation in Context 10 (1):26-45.
    According to van Eemeren’s expose about the theoretical notion “argumentative style”, each of the four stages of an argumentative exchange in a certain institutional context can have its own argumentative style, but all of them may well belong to the same general category. As the start of a broad project investigating argumentative styles used in the spokespersons’ argumentative replies at the regular press conferences of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this paper focuses on the uncompromising confrontational style prototypically used by (...)
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  • Six Related Essays on Argumentative Style.Frans H. Van Eemeren - 2021 - Journal of Argumentation in Context 10 (1):1-7.
    This introduction to the special issue devoted to argumentative style describes the way in which this collection of six papers came about. It recapitulates the main thrust of the issues that are included. All authors share the pragma-dialectical perspective on argumentative style set forth in the first contribution, in which argumentative style is connected with strategic manoeuvring. In analysing argumentative styles, they concentrate on different kinds of argumentative discourses and have a different emphasis in carrying out their analyses.
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  • Place, Image and Argument: The Physical and Nonphysical Dimensions of a Collective Ethos.Jianfeng Wang - 2020 - Argumentation 34 (1):83-99.
    “Place” as an argumentative domain, which has been taken for granted and treated by theorists of argumentation simply as a physical notion designating the occasion where an argumentation takes place, carries far more complex meanings beyond its traditionally assumed domain in the following three dimensions: as a geographical locale; as a concept, an idea, a history or a notion with its own disputable narratives and presumptions; and as an imaginative geography. Similarly, an image or a character projected through argumentative discourse (...)
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  • Place, Image and Argument: The Physical and Nonphysical Dimensions of a Collective Ethos.Jianfeng Wang - 2020 - Argumentation 34 (1):83-99.
    “Place” as an argumentative domain, which has been taken for granted and treated by theorists of argumentation simply as a physical notion designating the occasion where an argumentation takes place, carries far more complex meanings beyond its traditionally assumed domain in the following three dimensions: as a geographical locale; as a concept, an idea, a history or a notion with its own disputable narratives and presumptions; and as an imaginative geography. Similarly, an image or a character projected through argumentative discourse (...)
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  • Argumentative Strategies and Stylistic Devices.Ton van Haaften - 2019 - Informal Logic 39 (4):301-328.
    The extended pragma-dialectical argumentation theory assumes that people engaged in argumentative discourse manoeuvre strategically. In argumentative reality, the strategic manoeuvring is often carried out according to an argumentative strategy. Language users make an effort to present their strategic manoeuvres in a specific way and the analysis of the stylistic choices in actual argumentative discourse is the most important basis for identification and analysis of argumentative strategies. In this article, it is shown what requirements must be satisfied by a systematic stylistic (...)
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  • Preface.Chiara Pollaroli, Sara Greco, Steve Oswald, Johanna Miecznikowski-Fuenfschilling & Andrea Rocci - 2019 - Informal Logic 39 (4):287-300.