Qualifying standpoints. Stance adverbs as a presentational device for managing the burden of proof

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Qualifying standpoints. Stance adverbs as a presentational device for managing the burden of proof

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Qualifying standpoints. Stance adverbs as a presentational device for managing the burden of proof
Author: Tseronis, Assimakis
Publisher: LOT, Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics, Utrecht
Issue Date: 2009-10-28
Keywords: Stance adverbs
Burden of proof
Argumentation
Standpoint
Qualification
Dialectic
Rhetoric
Abstract: The aim of this study is to specify the strategic function of stance adverbs when qualifying a standpoint in an argumentative discussion. Stance adverbs are words like ‘clearly’, ‘obviously’, ‘perhaps’, ‘technically’, ‘frankly’, and ‘fortunately’. They have been extensively studied in the fields of semantics and syntax as well as pragmatics and discourse analysis. However, they have not specifically been studied with an interest in their effect on the progress of an argumentative discussion when they are used to qualify the standpoint. In this study a specific argumentative perspective is adopted, according to which the strategic function of stance adverbs is described with respect to the burden of proof that an arguer incurs when advancing a standpoint. In this view, an arguer chooses a particular way to qualify the standpoint in an attempt to successfully meet his obligation to defend the standpoint at the end of the argumentative discussion. The proposed theoretical account provides a basis for assessing whether the use of a stance adverb to qualify a standpoint observes the standards that should be followed for a reasonable resolution of a difference of opinion.
Description: Promotores: T. van Haaften, F.H. van Eemeren, Co-promotor: H. Jansen
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Tseronis, A., 2009, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: LOT Dissertation Series: 233
ISBN: 9789460930058
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/14265
 

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