Accession Number:

ADA458894

Title:

Rhetoric as Knowledge

Descriptive Note:

Conference paper

Corporate Author:

PENNSYLVANIA UNIV PHILADELPHIA DEPT OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

5.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE