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Manoeuvring Strategically with Rhetorical Questions

  • A. Francisca Snoeck Henkemans
Part of the Argumentation Library book series (ARGA, volume 14)

In this paper I investigate what role the stylistic device rhetorical question can play in arguers’ attempts to reconcile their rhetorical with their dialectical aims by manoeuvring strategically when carrying out particular discussion moves that form part of the dialectical procedure for resolving a dispute. The research I shall report on here, forms part of a larger project in which insights from classical rhetoric, pragmatics and modern stylistics are used to explore the possibilities for strategic manoeuvring with specific presentational means.1

Keywords

Propositional Content Rhetorical Question Strategic Manoeuvring Presentational Device Chicago Linguistic Society 
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