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Offline angie.chan

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Need help! Toulmin's argument model
« on: November 13, 2014, 10:12:07 PM »
Hello, linguists all over the world. I am Angie from Indonesia. At the moment I’m doing my postgraduate thesis about Presidential Debates 2014 in Indonesia. I’m analyzing it using Toulmin’s model of arguments which consist of claim, ground, warrant, backing rebutal and qualifier. I want to know the quality and how they struture their arguments. However, I get stuck in some points.
1.   There are 2 versions of argument models which can be found on internet. One model, claim is followed by  data. The other one, data come first then claim come after. I am truly confused because toulmin’s argument model is used to train debaters (http://home.comcast.net/~lukeythetruck/djole/SchoolPage/SPSCC/English%20102/3ArgumentTypes.htm). As I know, claim comes first.
 After I deepen my knowledge I got a dillema as in Toulmin’s book, the arrow in the model is from data pointing to a claim. (http://books.google.co.id/books?id=3xE5ichwr5MC&pg=PA181&dq=toulmin+argument+scheme&hl=id&sa=X&ei=doplVN_0OYeumAWjj4LQDg&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=toulmin%20argument%20scheme&f=false) page 182
2.   Because the candidates were given a certain time they could spend, they tend to use it maximally which results to repetition of their argument and also unorganized ideas. My question is what is the unit to analyze it? It turns out after I tried to analyze the arguments, it’s not as simple as the argument model in His book which consist mostly one sentence for each category.   

Thank you for taking the time reading my questin. I would really appreciate for any comments, suggestions and answers related to my thesis.

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Re: Need help! Toulmin's argument model
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2014, 10:37:56 PM »
Hi Angie and welcome to the forum!

I'm going to move this to the best place for questions about pragmatics.
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