Title

NEW APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF ARGUMENT FIELDS

Location

University of Windsor

Document Type

Keynote

Start Date

17-5-2001 9:00 AM

End Date

19-5-2001 5:00 PM

Abstract

New information and communication technologies are transforming both the ways in which public discourse is conducted and the tools available for study and analysis of argument. These developments simultaneously present argumentation studies with a challenge (adapting existing frameworks to illuminate new phenomena) and an opportunity (developing new methods and analytic frameworks). This presentation will focus on the concept of argument fields and consider the ways it can be reworked to reflect the more fluid boundaries of contemporary communication genres; indeed, something like the concept of argument field will be required to understand the social life of arguments in an age of convergent media. The talk will also consider how new information technologies can be applied to better represent the structure and evolution of argument fields, and argue that new tools for statistical analysis of large bodies of discourse provide an interesting new view of the structure and development of arguments.

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May 17th, 9:00 AM May 19th, 5:00 PM

NEW APPROACHES TO THE STUDY OF ARGUMENT FIELDS

University of Windsor

New information and communication technologies are transforming both the ways in which public discourse is conducted and the tools available for study and analysis of argument. These developments simultaneously present argumentation studies with a challenge (adapting existing frameworks to illuminate new phenomena) and an opportunity (developing new methods and analytic frameworks). This presentation will focus on the concept of argument fields and consider the ways it can be reworked to reflect the more fluid boundaries of contemporary communication genres; indeed, something like the concept of argument field will be required to understand the social life of arguments in an age of convergent media. The talk will also consider how new information technologies can be applied to better represent the structure and evolution of argument fields, and argue that new tools for statistical analysis of large bodies of discourse provide an interesting new view of the structure and development of arguments.