Studies in honor of Eddo Rigotti
Edited By Giovanni Gobber and Andrea Rocci
Frans H. van Eemeren: Analyzing contextualized argumentative discourse: strengthening the relationship between Rigotti’s aspirations and pragma-dialectics
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Analyzing contextualized argumentative discourse: strengthening the relationship between Rigotti’s aspirations and pragma-dialectics
FRANS H. VAN EEMEREN, University of Amsterdam
1. A joint interest in the contextual dimension of argumentation
Thanks to the initiative taken in Lugano at the beginning of the 21st Century by Professor Eddo Rigotti and Professor Sorin Stati to start a collaboration with me and my research team at the University of Amsterdam, I am in the fortunate position of having been working together with Rigotti and his team for more than a decade on projects relating to argumentation theory. This cooperation has not only been pleasant but also really fruitful. It has led to a great many academic exchanges, including joint conferences and institutionalized guest-lecturing. The way in which this intellectual association developed culminated in 2008 in the creation of Argupolis, a doctoral school for young argumentation researchers from a variety of universities subsidized by the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Being a linguist, Rigotti has always had an interest in the contextual dimension of the use of language in human communication and interaction. After he started applying himself to stimulating the development of the study of communication at the University of Lugano, and concentrated his efforts in the first place on the examination of argumentative discourse, this concern with the linguistic micro-context was broadened to an interest in the more or less institutionalized macro-context of the specific communicative activity types in ← 103 | 104 → which argumentative...
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