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The quantity bargains with the connection among discussion and rhetoric. the particular cutting-edge in discussion research is characterised through an inclination to beat the excellence among competence and function and to mix parts from each side of the dichotomy, in a fashion together with principles in addition to inferences. an analogous is correct of rhetoric: the information proposed the following not nation that rationality and persuasion are at the same time particular yet recommend that they have interaction in what can be known as the 'mixed game'. the concept that of a dialogic rhetoric hence poses the query of the way to combine the various voices.

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Another thing that this analysis shows is that we derive our power/agency from being able to influence this bracketing, or the cutting of the chain of agencies (or the enlarging). As soon as we open up the dialogic scene to a multitude of actants with variable ontologies, power and authority suddenly seem to lose their mystery. According to this perspective, power and authority are the shortcuts people use to signify the multitude of human and non-human actants 36 François Cooren that they (wrongly or rightly) associate with a given interlocutor.

The Selection of Agency as a Rhetorical Device 29 But beyond the ‘presentification’ of emotions and feelings, other actants can, of course, be made present. As an illustration, let us look one last time at the initial example. As we saw, at T1, A says, We really don’t know how to solve this problem! which positions her as speaking on behalf, in the name of a group of people she identifies as we (and note that B does the same thing at T2). To the extent that by saying we, she is representing a group of people in which she counts herself, she can be said to be making them present in the discussion.

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