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Implicit dialogical premises, explanation as argument: a corpus-based reconstruction

By Kieran O'Halloran

Abstract

This paper focuses on an explanation in a newspaper article: why new European Union citizens will come to the UK from Eastern Europe (e.g., because of available jobs). Using a corpus-based method of analysis, I show how regular target readers have been positioned to generate premises in dialogue with the explanation propositions, and thus into an understanding of the explanation as an argument, one which contains a biased conclusion not apparent in the text. Employing this method, and in particular ‘corpus comparative statistical keywords’, I show how two issues can be freshly looked at: implicit premise recovery; the argument/explanation distinction

Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:oro.open.ac.uk:26114
Provided by: Open Research Online

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