Troubled Waters: Argument as Sociability Revisited

David A. Lee, Jennifer J. Peck

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    Schiffrin 1984 has claimed that there is a speech activity called “sociable argument,” characterized by the presence of discursive features such as vulnerability of argumentative frames and cooperative strategies. Although a form of talk aptly labeled “sociable argument” undoubtedly exists, Schiffrin’s analysis is problematic; the features she identifies as characteristic of this discursive category also show up in argument that is serious and non-sociable. This raises general questions about the nature of the criteria applicable to the definition of forms of talk. (Discourse analysis, argument, conflict, conversation, cooperation, rhetoric)*.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)29-52
    Number of pages24
    JournalLanguage in Society
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1995


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