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Pragmatics and rhetoric for discourse analysis: some conceptual remarks



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LARRAZABAL, Jésus M.; KOORTA, Kepa. Pragmatics and rhetoric for discourse analysis: some conceptual remarks. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 25, n. 2, p. 233–248, 2016. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 jul. 2024.


This paper focuses on discourse analysis, particularly persuasive discourse, using pragmatics and rhetoric in a new combined way, called by us PragmaRhetoric. It can be said that this is a cognitive approach to both pragmatics and rhetoric. Pragmatics is essentially Gricean, Rhetoric comes from a new reading of Aristotle’s Rhetoric, extending his notion of discourse to meso- and micro-discourses. Two kinds of intentions have to be considered: first, communicative intention, and, then, persuasive intention. The fulfilment of those intentions is achieved by a successful persuasive-communicative action. The psychological, philosophical and logical aspects derived from the pragma-rhetorical perspective are crucial in view of its applications in several practical domains.


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