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By Frans H. van Eemeren, Peter Houtlosser, A.F. Snoeck Henkemans

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ISBN-13: 9781402062438

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This quantity identifies and analyses English phrases and expressions which are an important for an sufficient reconstruction of argumentative discourse. It presents a scientific set of tools for giving a good based research that leads to an analytic assessment of the weather which are appropriate for the review of the argumentation. by way of ranging from daily examples, the examine instantly connects with the perform of argumentative discourse.

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The reason is that ‘I don’t know’ is often used to express doubt about the correctness of another speaker’s assertion, which causes the assertion to act as a standpoint (see below). Moreover, ‘I don’t know’ is often followed by the opposite of the assertion to which it responds. 31 This occurs in (43) and (44): (43) Well, I don’t know – I don’t believe that was exactly why I flunked the test, but they said that I was acting jumpy while driving, and .. er .. well, my idea is – it is my idea that it must be because I keep peeking into small streets, you know.

Er .. well, my idea is – it is my idea that it must be because I keep peeking into small streets, you know. (Eindhoven colloquial language corpus) (44) So if you get groups, then you’d get all these children from different grades thrown together, so you’d get the older children and the younger ones . . I don’t know – I don’t believe that would work out too well. (Eindhoven colloquial language corpus) 29 ‘I know that’ is a semi-factive, but, as indicated before, we reckon the semi-factives among the strong asserting attitude indicating and force modifying expressions.

Since none of the strong assertive attitude indicating expressions and force modifying expressions has a weak variant, which would have a reduced indicative force, its non-concessive use, and therefore also the use of ‘I am sure that’, always indicates a standpoint. More or less the same goes for ‘it is clear that’. This expression has the implicature that the listener should accept what is asserted, because the speaker is not saying something he cannot justify. If the expression is used non-concessively, this implicature is always in force, which means that ‘it is clear that’ indicates a standpoint.

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