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PHILOSOPHY OF NORMATIVE DISCOURSE AND PERSUASION: A STUDY OF GA'DANG EXHORTATION AND ARGUMENTATION (PHILIPPINES)


1983 1983

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This work applies the insights of textlinguistics to the study of normative or persuasive discourse. Although textlinguistics is already somewhat interdisciplinary in character, it was found to be too narrow to account for normative discourse, and had to be expanded to include further coniderations of cultural phenomena, norms, and the relations of these to the theory of knowledge structures.

In addition to the above, there are five major contributions of this study: (1) It shows how norms and knowledge structures play a part in the process of persuasion, and also redefines persuasion as including either the changing or the perpetuating of norms or knowledge structures. (2) It clarifies the logic of normative discourse, and demonstrates that there is not a radical difference between normative and empirical reasoning. (3) It explicates the often observed phenomenon of cultural differences in cognitive processes, since this has a bearing on cultural differences in modes of argumentation and persuasion. The cause of much of the observed difference has not been shown to be a genetic difference, or a 'pre-logical mentality', or an inherent inability to think analytically or abstractly. Rather, it appears to be the relative prevalence of an oral or a literate tradition, and the cognitive inclinations fostered by each. (4) It describes the notional and surface structure of normative discourse in Ga'dang. This is a step toward a more general theory of normative discourse. (5) It identifies a scale of normativity, along which discourse types and discourse features can be ranked according to their normative force of persuasive impact. Many of the persuasive strategies and surface structures of Ga'dang normative discourse were ranked on this scale.

This work is a step toward filling a major void in textlinguistics today, namely the lack of analysis of normative or persuasive texts. It is also a step toward understanding the apparently different logical or cognitive processes involved in persuasion in different cultural groups.

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Subject
Linguistics
Classification
0290: Linguistics
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics
Title
PHILOSOPHY OF NORMATIVE DISCOURSE AND PERSUASION: A STUDY OF GA'DANG EXHORTATION AND ARGUMENTATION (PHILIPPINES)
Author
WALROD, MICHAEL ROSS
Number of pages
314
Publication year
1983
Degree date
1983
School code
2502
Source
DAI-A 45/09, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
University/institution
The University of Texas at Arlington
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
8426847
ProQuest document ID
303328175
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303328175
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