Modality in Argumentation

A Semantic Investigation of the Role of Modalities in the Structure of Arguments with an Application to Italian Modal Expressions

  • Andrea Rocci

Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 29)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Andrea Rocci
    Pages 1-32
  3. Andrea Rocci
    Pages 33-103
  4. Andrea Rocci
    Pages 105-196
  5. Andrea Rocci
    Pages 197-274
  6. Andrea Rocci
    Pages 467-482
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 483-488

About this book


This book addresses two related questions that have first arisen in Toulmin’s seminal book on the uses of argument. The first question is the one of the relationship between the semantic analysis of modality and the structure of arguments. The second question is the one of the distinctive place, or role, of modality in the fundamental structure of arguments. These two questions concern how modality, as a semantic category, relates to the fundamental structure of arguments. The book addresses modality and argumentation also according to another perspective by looking at how different linguistic modal expressions may be taken as argumentative indicators. It explores the role of modal expressions as argumentative indicators by using the Italian modal system as a case study. At the same time, it uses predictions/forecasts in the business-financial daily press to investigate the relation between modality and the context of argumentation.


Analysis of Argumentative Discourse Argumentation in Economic-Financial News Argumentative Analysis of Financial News Argumentative Indicators and Modality Context Dependency of Modality Context-Dependent Linguistic Semantics Context-Dependent Semantics of Modal Expressions Deontic-Practical Modalities Emptiness of Logical Modalities Evidentiality and Epistemic Modality Intersubjective Epistemic Modality Linguistic Marking Of Knowledge Sources Modal Analysis of Evidential Expressions Modal Qualifiers and the Layout of Arguments Modalities and Argumentation Structure Modalities as Connectives Modalities as Operators Modality And Argumentative Loci Modality and Equivocation Toulmin’s Model of Modal Context Dependency

Authors and affiliations

  • Andrea Rocci
    • 1
  1. 1.Istituto di Argomentazione, Linguistica e SemioticaUniversità della Svizzera italiana University of LuganoLuganoSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-94-024-1061-7
  • Online ISBN 978-94-024-1063-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-7650
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-1907
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