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The Effect of Imprecise Expressions in Argumentation-Theory and Experimental Results

Författare

  • Christian Dahlman
  • Farhan Sarwar
  • Rasmus Bååth
  • Lena Wahlberg
  • Sverker Sikström

Summary, in English

We investigate argumentation where an expression is substituted with a less precise expression. We propose that the effect that this deprecization has on the audience be called deprecization effect. When the audience agrees more with the less precise version of the argument, there is a positive deprecization effect. We conducted an experiment where the participants were presented with a court room scenario. The results of the experiment confirm the following hypothesis: If the participants find it hard to agree with the precise version of the argument and accept the use of the imprecise term, they will agree more with the imprecise version of the argument. Furthermore, we show that a person who reacts in this way to deprecization commits the fallacy of equivocation.

Avdelning/ar

  • Law, Evidence and Cognition (LEVIC)
  • Juridiska institutionen
  • Institutionen för psykologi
  • Kognitionsvetenskap

Publiceringsår

2012

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

15-30

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

ARGUMENTATION 2012: International Conference on Alternative Methods of Argumentation in Law

Dokumenttyp

Konferensbidrag

Förlag

Masaryk University

Ämne

  • Philosophy
  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

Nyckelord

  • Deprecization
  • vagueness
  • ambiguity
  • fallacy of equivocation
  • experimental philosophy

Conference name

2nd International Conference on Alternative Methods of Argumentation in Law (ARGUMENTATION 2012)

Conference date

2012-10-26

Conference place

Brno, Czech Republic

Aktiv

Published

Projekt

  • Law, Evidence and Cognition

Forskningsgrupp

  • Law, Evidence and Cognition (LEVIC)

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISBN: 978-80-210-5948-1