Follow-Ups in a Loose Argumentative Context: The Pragmatic Effectiveness of Figurative Analogy

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The present paper focuses on the newspaper coverage of a single event from the
Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the responses to this coverage in later op-eds. I assume that Follow-ups reflect the dialogic nature of political discourse, and their analysis exposes the dialogue between different voices in the public arena.
I propose to distinguish between 'strict' and 'loose' argumentative contexts. In a loose argumentative context, a critical assessment of arguments is less relevant. Rather, the rhetorical framework can offer an assessment of the pragmatic effectiveness of the arguments. An argument is pragmatically effective if it provides information relevant to the issue in question and if this information can serve as an interpretation of the issue, framing it for the audience and suggesting an explanation of it.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ESF Strategic Workshop on Follow-ups Across Discourse Domains:
Subtitle of host publicationA cross-cultural exploration of their forms and functions, Würzburg (Germany), 31 May – 2 June 2012
EditorsAnita Fetzer, Elda Weizman, Reber Elisabeth
Place of PublicationWürzburg
PublisherUniversität Würzburg
StatePublished - 2012

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Place of conference:Würzburg (Germany)


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