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Contextual frames and their argumentative implications : A case study in media argumentation

Greco Morasso, Sara

In: Discourse studies, 2012, vol. 14, no. 2, p. 197-216

On the basis of a case-study based on the argumentative analysis of news in the press, this paper introduces and discusses strategic manoeuvring with contextual frames. Drawing on the linguistic notion of frame, I introduce the concept of contextual frame to refer to the news context, i.e. the background against which a certain event is presented as a piece of news. I argue that newspapers and...

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Destination online travel reviews : An argumentative and textual genre perspective

De Ascaniis, Silvia ; Cantoni, Lorenzo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2013 ; 2013COM006.

Information and communication practices relating to tourism, as they occur in the frame of the so-called web 2.0, constitute a peculiar context where communicative interactions assume specific features. Prospective tourists face several challenges when making travel decisions because of the very nature of tourism products, which are intangible and perishable, and because of the extraordinary...

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Argumentative and other communicative strategies of the mediation practice

Greco Morasso, Sara ; Rigotti, Eddo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2009.

This work investigates how argumentation, namely the communicative exchange aimed at founding ones position in a reasonable fashion, is an essential condition for the fulfilment of the pragmatic goals of mediation, conceived of as a conflict resolution practice. In mediation, the parties are competent and responsible for the decision on the conflict, while the mediator helps them assume an...

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The arguments of corporate directors in takeover bids : Comparing argumentative strategies in the context of friendly and hostile offers in the UK takeover market

Palmieri, Rudi ; Rigotti, Eddo (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2010.

This dissertation analyzes argumentative interactions in the context of corporate takeover bids, representing thus a first systematic study of financial communication from the perspective of argumentation theory. In general, the importance of financial communication is justified by the relevance of information for making sound investment decisions (cf. Healy Williams 2008)....

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Regaining trust through argumentation in the context of the current financial-economic crisis

Palmieri, Rudy

In: Studies in communication sciences, 2009, vol. 9, no. 2, p. 59-78

This paper considers argumentation in the context of the current economic-financial crisis by focusing on the attempt made by UBS bank to retain stakeholders’ confidence. as a case in point, i analyze a press release through which the bank announces important changes in the Board of Directors. the text includes a clearly argumentative aim: convince stakeholders, in particular clients, to...