This study investigates lines of topical development in informal discussions, in harmonic as well as in controversial episodes. It is an exploratory investigation, in which discussion materials from diverse contexts are analysed and compared in their topical structure. Chapter 1 starts with a description of the position of this study within the fields of argumentation theory, of conversation and discourse analysis, and of applied linguistic research on argumentation. Then the nature of the research problems is expounded, and the methodological position from which the research is conducted. Zie: Summary
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