Call for Papers: “Argumentation and Speech Acts”

Monographic issue in Informal Logic: call for papers.

Department of Philosophy I, University of Granada, Spain.

Argumentation theorists find it natural to speak of acts of arguing and speech-acts of arguing. An account of argumentation as a speech-act is meant to be of help, if not fundamental, for the analysis and appraisal of argumentative discourse and dialogue, which is argumentation theory’s main goal. Besides, as van Eemeren and Grootendorst (1984) pointed out, characterizing argumentation as a speech-act enables us to make sense of it as conducive to certain perlocutionary effects, such as persuading an addressee or audience or resolving a difference of opinion. However, that argumentation is a type of illocution is far from mainstream and linguistic pragmatics has not devoted much effort to this question.
This monographic issue aims to bridge the gap between linguistic pragmatics and argumentation theory in order to highlight questions such as the following:
– What types of speech-acts are characteristic of argumentative discourse and dialogue?
– Is the activity of providing or using arguments a type of illocution?
– Is there anything like a speech-act of arguing? Which are its features, if at all?
– What type of speech-acts are acts of adducing and acts of concluding, if at all?
– What is the pragmatics of epistemic modals? Do they mark acts of concluding?
– How do acts of adducing and concluding embed into argumentative texts?
– What features determine that a piece of text is argumentative or narrative or else?
– What is the role of non-literal uses of language in argumentation?
– Can narratives and fiction contain proper argumentation?
– Are there non-verbal acts of arguing? How should we deal with their interpretation and evaluation?
– How does non-verbal communication interact with verbal acts of arguing?

Call for papers:
Papers addressing the issues mentioned above or others also relevant to the main aim of the monographic issue are welcome. Full papers ready for blind refereeing (max. 7500 words, excluding references) should be sent to either or by September 27, 2020 (extended call: October 31, 2020).

The edition of this monographic issue in Informal Logic is organized by the ActArg Research Group, as part of the activities of the founded Projects FFI2016-79317-P and PGC2018-098236-B-I00 of the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and the Scientific Unit of Excellence FiloLab-ugr.

(Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the workshop was finally cancelled. Yet, the preparation of this monographic issue in Informal Logic continues).

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