Dialogue and Rhetoric by Edda Weigand

By Edda Weigand

The amount bargains with the connection among discussion and rhetoric. the particular state-of-the-art in discussion research is characterised through an inclination to beat the excellence among competence and function and to mix elements from either side of the dichotomy, in a fashion such as principles in addition to inferences. a similar is right of rhetoric: the tips proposed the following not nation that rationality and persuasion are jointly particular yet recommend that they have interaction in what can be known as the 'mixed game'. the idea that of a dialogic rhetoric therefore poses the query of the way to combine the several voices.

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The Communicative Constitution of Organization: Centering organizational communication ed. by Linda L. Putnam & Anne Maydan Nicotera. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. Cooren, François, Stephanie Fox, Daniel Robichaud & Nayla Talih. 2005. “Arguments for a Plurified View of the Social World: Spacing and timing as hybrid achievements”. 263-280. Cooren, François & Robert E. Sanders. 2002. “Implicatures: A schematic approach”. 1045-1067. Cooren, François, James R. Taylor & Elizabeeth J. van Every, eds.

In the first round, rhetoric uncompromisingly maintains its position, defiantly, against any logical argument (52), logic is irritated and gives up (51, 54). At the end of the second round, logic loses composure: Brender is finally at the end of his tether (94) and hits back. The confrontation between the logical and the rhetorical position thus ends up in an argument, in a quarrel whose flames Schröder has permanently fanned. The argument erupts when Brender is no longer able to control his emotions by reason.

This phenomenon is actually quite commonly acknowledged by conversation analysts, even if they would, I think, completely resist this type of explanation. For instance, let us look at the following interaction: (1) A B A B We really don’t know how to solve this problem! Let me see what we can do. Oh no, thanks. I did not mean for you to intervene. I am just frustrated. Okay, no problem. I won’t. T1 T2 T3 T4 As we see here, while A apparently meant T1 as a simple complaint probably made out of frustration (this is what she says at T3), B understands T1 as an indirect request for help, which leads A to initiate a repair sequence at T3, a repair that is finally acknowledged by B at T4.

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