A practical blueprint for constructive conflict resolution Argumentation: The Art of Civil Advocacy teaches students the principles of argumentation as a practical way to engage in interpersonal and public deliberation. Authors Larry Underberg and Heather Norton offer a unique approach for creating civil discourse by encouraging students to consider how they argue with others to enhance or diminish opportunities for future dialogue. A variety of everyday examples are provided in the text to demonstrate how well-reasoned argumentation can strengthen communities and create productive citizenship. Students gain a better understanding for the situations, environments, and relationships that form the context for an advocate, and how those factors can influence discourse. Instructors, sign in at study.sagepub.com/Underberg for test banks, PowerPoint® slides, and more!
Chapter 9: Language and Style in Argument
Language and Style in Argument
The 24-hour news cycle, popularity of talk radio, and nearly universal access to the Internet have contributed to a coarsening of our collective style of engagement. Hot-button issues are created and maintained by those who know that combativeness and stridency translate into donations and ratings.1 Political deliberation has not been much better. Politicians engage in brinkmanship, use language to polarize, and often shun compromise by deriding those who work with the opposition to reach agreement.2 Unfortunately, many mirror the combative style observed in the media, which in turn undermines the productivity of their own argumentative exchanges.
Style impacts persuasiveness. Audiences take advocates more seriously when their style—that is, the way that people express themselves, from their ...