Author ORCID Identifier

0000-0003-0060-1212: Jennifer Schumann

0000-0002-5403-6709: Sandrine Zufferey

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Paper

Keywords

argumentation, causal connectives, cross-linguistic perspective, empirical validation, forewarning effect, straw man fallacy, subjectivity

Start Date

6-6-2020 9:00 AM

End Date

6-6-2020 10:00 AM

Abstract

In this paper, we present experiments designed to assess the role of causal connectives with an attributive meaning (e.g. since and puisque ) on the acceptability of straw man fallacies. Our results show that connectives play a role for the detection of straw man fallacies by increasing readers’ awareness to the speaker’s persuasive intent, thus creating a forewarning effect. We also uncover a crucial difference between causal connectives both within and across languages. Taken together, our experiments plead in favor of conducting fine-grained analyses of connectives in different languages in order to deepen our understanding of their role for argumentation.

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Connectives and Straw Men. Experimental approach on French and English.

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In this paper, we present experiments designed to assess the role of causal connectives with an attributive meaning (e.g. since and puisque ) on the acceptability of straw man fallacies. Our results show that connectives play a role for the detection of straw man fallacies by increasing readers’ awareness to the speaker’s persuasive intent, thus creating a forewarning effect. We also uncover a crucial difference between causal connectives both within and across languages. Taken together, our experiments plead in favor of conducting fine-grained analyses of connectives in different languages in order to deepen our understanding of their role for argumentation.