Université de Fribourg

Defining manipulative discourse : the pragmatics of cognitive illusions

Maillat, Didier ; Oswald, Steve

In: International review of pragmatics, 2009, vol. 1, p. 348-370

Manipulative discourse has attracted a lot of attention in various adjacent domains of linguistic research, notably in rhetoric, argumentation theory, philosophy of language, discourse analysis, pragmatics, among others. We start with a review of the existing definitions provided in these fields and highlight some of the difficulties they encounter. In particular, we argue that there is still a...