Rhetoric as Knowledge
PENNSYLVANIA UNIV PHILADELPHIA DEPT OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
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A proper assessment of the relation between discourse structure and speakers communicative intentions requires a better understanding of communicative intentions. This contribution proposes that there is a crucial difference between intending the hearer to entertain a certain belief or desire, or intention, and intending to affect the strength with which the hearer entertains the belief or desire, or intention. Rhetoric, if defined as a body of knowledge about how discourse structure affects the strength with which a discourse participant entertains beliefs, desires, and intentions, can be seen to play a precise and crucial role in the planning of discourse.
- Information Science
- Radio Communications