Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology

Interpreting Straw Man Argumentation

The Pragmatics of Quotation and Reporting

Authors: Macagno, Fabrizio, Walton, Douglas

  • Provides a unique analysis of the uses and the dangerous effects of quotations in political discourse and legal cases
  • Offers a method and a procedure for evaluating quotes and misquotes
  • Analyzes quotation from a dialectic and a rhetoric perspective
  • Investigates the tacit dimension of communication in terms of argument
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This book shows how research in linguistic pragmatics, philosophy of language, and rhetoric can be connected through argumentation to analyze a recognizably common strategy used in political and everyday conversation, namely the distortion of another’s words in an argumentative exchange. Straw man argumentation refers to the modification of a position by misquoting, misreporting or wrenching the original speaker’s statements from their context in order to attack them more easily or more effectively. Through 63 examples taken from different contexts (including political and forensic discourses and dialogs) and 20 legal cases, the book analyzes the explicit and implicit types of straw man, shows how to assess the correctness of a quote or a report, and illustrates the arguments that can be used for supporting an interpretation and defending against a distortion. The tools of argumentation theory, a discipline aimed at investigating the uses of arguments by combining insights from pragmatics, logic, and communication, are applied to provide an original account of interpretation and reporting, and to describe and illustrate tactics and procedures that can be used and implemented for practical purposes.. This book will appeal to scholars in the fields of political communication, communication in general, argumentation theory, rhetoric and pragmatics, as well as to people working in public speech, speech writing, and discourse analysis.

Table of contents (5 chapters)

  • Using Quotations: Their Argumentative Uses and Their Manipulations

    Macagno, Fabrizio (et al.)

    Pages 1-33

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  • Communicative Intentions and Commitments

    Macagno, Fabrizio (et al.)

    Pages 35-64

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  • Establishing Commitments Between Ambiguity and Misquotation

    Macagno, Fabrizio (et al.)

    Pages 65-108

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  • The Strategies of Misattribution of Commitments

    Macagno, Fabrizio (et al.)

    Pages 109-141

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  • Evaluating Relevance and Commitments in Rhetorical Straw Man

    Macagno, Fabrizio (et al.)

    Pages 143-186

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eBook 74,96 €
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Hardcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-62544-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Interpreting Straw Man Argumentation
Book Subtitle
The Pragmatics of Quotation and Reporting
Authors
Series Title
Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
Series Volume
14
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62545-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62545-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62544-7
Series ISSN
2214-3807
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 203
Number of Illustrations and Tables
21 b/w illustrations
Topics