Structure of conversational argument: Pragmatic bases for the enthymeme

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Conversational argument is characterized as sequential expansion of adjacency pairs aimed at regulating disagreement. The preconditions and embedded propositons of the speech act performed in the arguable turn define the sorts of expansions recognizable as arguments. General properties of adjacency pairs explain the prevalence of enthymemes in conversation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)251-265
Number of pages15
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 1980
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Education


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