The Three-dimensional Approach to Argumentation: a New Study Focus

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Walaꞌa Hashim Mohammed, Qasim Abbas Dhayef Altufayl


Argumentation is known as a collaborative and mostly dialogical process of considering various perspectives on two contradictory believes on a topic in some reasonable and effective manner for arriving at a judgment. The judgment is meant to resolve the difference in the viewpoints. Linguists tackle his process of discussing, i.e. argumentation, from different angles. Theories on approaching augmentations from logical, rhetorical, dialectical, linguistic, etc. sides are already put forward. All those theories are built on the base of one of two (or both) concepts: (i) argumentation field and/or (ii) argumentation/arguer’s goal. However, this paper calls for another way of thought. The paper suggests the followings: (i) argumentations must be theorized on the base of what kind they are, (ii) kinds of argumentations can be classified on the base of the existence or inexistence of an audience (a third party), and (iii) reasonableness and effectiveness should never be studied separately in concern to three-dimensional argumentation studies. Therefore, this paper comes up with a two-dimensional and a three-dimensional approach(TDA), focusing mainly on and developing the latter approach. Further, the approach developed, namely TDA, is meant to be valuable for pragmatic, sociopragmatic and CDA studies of argumentations.

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