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Family conversations : The relevance of context in evaluating argumentation

Arcidiacono, Francesco ; Pontecorvo, Clotilde ; Morasso, Sara Greco

In: Studies in communications sciences, 2009, vol. 9, no. 2, p. 79-92

This paper investigates how to reconstruct and evaluate argumentation in the context of Italian family conversations. By means of a case study, we show how understanding context is essential for the analytical reconstruction of argumentation. Within conversations at dinnertime, we rely on insights from Conversation and Discourse Analysis in order to interpret context-bound communicative and... Plus

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    This paper investigates how to reconstruct and evaluate argumentation in the context of Italian family conversations. By means of a case study, we show how understanding context is essential for the analytical reconstruction of argumentation. Within conversations at dinnertime, we rely on insights from Conversation and Discourse Analysis in order to interpret context-bound communicative and argumentative moves among family members. The analysis of the family exchange offers to us a view of how argumentation shapes the communicative practices occurring at dinnertime and how it can foster a critical attitude in the process of decision-making carried out in this context.