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McMaster University

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1-6-2005 9:00 AM

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1-6-2005 5:00 PM

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This paper presents a two-dimensional teaching model of argumentation that evolved over a number of years. It was originally developed out of Stephen Toulmin’s model and offers a ‘matrix approach’ to the analysis of complex rhetorical events. The two dimensions of the matrix involve the analysis of the sub-claims used to support the ultimate claim in a rhetorical artifact and the way in which those sub-claims are organized. This paper briefly presents the background, rationale, basic elements, and structure of the model. And while there is insufficient space to provide a full, detailed example, this paper will suggest some illustrative applications.

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A Matrix Model of Argumentation

McMaster University

This paper presents a two-dimensional teaching model of argumentation that evolved over a number of years. It was originally developed out of Stephen Toulmin’s model and offers a ‘matrix approach’ to the analysis of complex rhetorical events. The two dimensions of the matrix involve the analysis of the sub-claims used to support the ultimate claim in a rhetorical artifact and the way in which those sub-claims are organized. This paper briefly presents the background, rationale, basic elements, and structure of the model. And while there is insufficient space to provide a full, detailed example, this paper will suggest some illustrative applications.