Andrea Rocci

Andrea Rocci
University of Lugano | USI · Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics (IALS)

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Purpose The article tackles the under-defined notion of communication in strategic communication research and elaborates a taxonomy of semiotic processes, which distinguishes different types of communicative and signalling events. The purpose is to offer an improved analysis of the processes by which meaning emerges from strategic communication sit...
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The paper addresses the diagramming of counterarguments, i.e. of discourse moves that amount to the presentation of reasons against the acceptance of the conclusion of an extant argument. Counterarguments are of interest to those who seek to tie reconstructions and normative conceptions of argumentation to discursive evidence and to the semantics o...
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In the emerging field of financial communication, interdisciplinary research based on the analysis of texts and discourse is gaining a prominent role. Bridging quantitative and qualitative approaches and covering financial disclosures, investor relations, business and financial media, as well as the communication of financial intermediaries and reg...
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This special issue aims to explore the semantic and pragmatic dimensions of meaning in terms of their significance and relevance in the study of argumentation. Accordingly, the contributors to the project, who have all presented their work during the 2nd Argumentation and Language conference, which took place in Lugano in February 2018,1 have been...
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This special issue aims to explore the semantic and pragmatic dimensions of meaning in terms of their significance and relevance in the study of argumentation. Accordingly, the contributors to the project, who have all presented their work during the 2nd Argumentation and Language conference, which took place in Lugano in February 2018, 1 have been...
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Adversative connectives have been analyzed as articulating explicit and implicit facets of argumentative moves and have been thus recognized as potential argumentative indicators. Here we examine adversative connectives Ger. aber, Fr. mais, It. ma (‘but’) in young children’s speech in the context of the ArgImp project, a research endeavor seeking t...
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This paper presents preliminary findings of the project "Analyzing children's implicit argumentation: Reconstruction of procedural and material premises." This interdiscipli-nary project builds on argumentation theory and developmental sociocultur-al psychology for the study of children's argumentation. We reconstruct children's inferences in adult...
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Journalists’ expectations concerning the way in which the audience will react to news strongly influence their decisions in newsmaking. This article investigates the argumentative dimension of journalists’ anticipatory inferences in newsroom editorial conferences. In order to study journalists’ reasoning processes concerning audience uptake that le...
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This article shows an example of explicit argumentation about politeness: the dispute between Melchiorre Gioja and Antonio Rosmini about the chapter Apologia della moda written by Melchiorre Gioja in the Nuovo Galateo (1820). In particular, we examine Rosmini's Galateo de'letterati (1828) and we focus on arguments that justify Rosmini's metapragmat...
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This chapter analyzes webcast and telephone conference calls with analysts and investors as a mean of investor communication by listed companies, focusing on quarterly earnings conference calls (ECCs). The institutional context, structure, and participants of these events are detailed, as well as their relation to other kinds of financial disclosur...
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Argumentative indicators of discourse relations constitute crucial cues for the mining of arguments. However, acomprehensive lexicon of these linguistic devices is so far lacking due to the scarcity of corpora argumentatively annotated and the absence of an empirically validated analytic methodology. Recent studies have shown that modals, that expr...
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In this paper we investigate the interface between the semantics and the discourse functions of the Italian modal adjective possibile (‘possible’) in a corpus of economic-financial news. The aim is to show how a context-dependent semantic analysis of the adjective sheds light on the distinctive role played by possibile at a discourse level, in part...
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The chapter outlines the profile of argumentation theory as a scientific enterprise and discusses how the study of meaning in its semantic and pragmatic aspects can contribute to the descriptive and normative study of arguments expressed in ordinary discourse . In doing so, the main features of normative-pragmatic theories of argumentation are intr...
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The chapter draws on studies of the semantics of modality in the formal semantics tradition. Moving from the need of restricting the domain of quantification in a possible worlds semantics of modality , it presents a relational context -dependent semantics of modality inspired by the theory of Relative Modality . For Relative Modality modal express...
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The six previous chapters make for a ponderous book. Hopefully, they also make for an informative one.
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The chapter reconstructs the most relevant “flavors” of modality (alethic , deontic , deontic-practical , anankastic, and epistemic) in terms of a relational , discourse sensitive, context dependent , procedural approach to the interpretation of modal constructions . The approach, while inspired by Relative Modality and the formal semantics traditi...
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The chapter examines how specific modal constructions of the Italian language in a concrete context of argumentative discussion can function as indicators for the reconstruction and evaluation of arguments put forth in ordinary discourse . The chapter examines a segment of the Italian modal system comprising different constructions with verbs poter...
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The chapter reads as an original contribution to the exegesis of Toulmin’s The Uses of Argument . It examines this modern classic of argumentation theory from the scarcely explored perspective of modality unveiling some latent inconsistencies in the fabric of the book and proposing some new interpretations of the key elements of the Toulmin model ....
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The aim of this article is to contribute to the theoretical development of multimodal metonymy and the argumentative and rhetorical role that the trope can fulfil in multimodal advertising campaigns. A model for the analysis of multimodal tropes in page-based advertising messages is developed by drawing insights from different disciplines. This mod...
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This book addresses two related questions that have first arisen in Toulmin’s seminal book on the uses of argument. The first question is the one of the relationship between the semantic analysis of modality and the structure of arguments. The second question is the one of the distinctive place, or role, of modality in the fundamental structure of...
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The paper offers a single-case analysis of newsmaking discourse, considering the source, the writing process and the news product from the vantage point of argumentation. The case study examines how a journalist of the business-finance desk of a generalist newspaper copes with the argumentative and persuasive nature of the corporate press releases...
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In this article we present an exploratory investigation of pictorial and multimodal metaphors appearing in print product advertisements; the aim is to ascertain their relevance for the arguments that the ads put forth. Departing from the working hypotheses that advertising is an argumentative activity type employing pictorial and multimodal metapho...
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Earnings conference calls (ECCs) have received considerable attention within accounting and finance studies which found that such voluntary disclosures provide investors with useful and relevant information. Starting from the hypothesis that argumentation is a crucial factor explaining the informational value of ECCs, we analyze the Q&A part of six...
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In this paper we investigate the interface between the semantics and the discourse functions of the Italian modal adjective possibile (possible‘) in a corpus of economic-financial news. Our aim is to show how a context-dependent semantic analysis of the adjective based on Relative Modality (RM) and a careful examination of linguistic constraints an...
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The aim of the paper is to show the potential of applying computational models of argument in the financial domain to the analysis of Earnings Conference Calls. We propose the formal description of ECC dialogue games: its locution rules and protocol. We also test its descriptive validity on an annotated corpus.
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Our contribution proposes a semantic and argumentative analysis of the Italian modal adverb 'forse'. This marker is mainly used to express bilateral epistemic possibility, but is found also in concessive moves, conjectural questions and polemical questions. Starting out from recent research on possibility modals and from considerations about paths...
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The paper presents a context-dependent relational analysis of two constructions of the Italian necessity modal dovere ('must') associated with an epistemic interpretation. The two constructions DEVE E and DOVREBBE E , based respectively on the indicative and the conditional mood, are examined as signals of argumentative discourse relations exploiti...
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L’article présente une approche de l’étude du discours de la finance capable de relier l’articulation pragmatique et rhétorique des textes, la définition des genres de discours et le fonctionnement social et institutionnel d’un vaste domaine d’activité humaine. Un modèle théorique du fonctionnement du discours en contexte social est présenté et app...
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This paper addresses the role of modal expressions as argumentative indicators and the importance of considering the semantics of modality in the reconstruction of argumentation. Modal expressions include modal verbs, such as the English may, can, must, should, will and many other lexical and grammatical devices. For instance, in English we find mo...
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The paper considers the role of modality in the rational reconstruction of standpoints and arguments. The paper examines in what conditions modal markers can act as argumentative indicators and what kind of cues they provide for the reconstruction of argument. The paper critically re-examines Toulmin’s hypothesis that the meaning of the modals can...
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The article discusses both the philosophical use and the stylistic-semiotic uses of the pair 'denotation' and 'connotation.' A historical review reconstructs the development of the philosophical use from the medieval doctrine of denominatives to the work of J. S. Mill, while the origins of the stylistic-semiotic opposition are traced back to the Lo...
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The paper addresses intercultural variability in argumentation, and, more specifically, the variation in the judgments concerning the reasonableness of arguments across cultures. Such variability represents a key issue in intercultural communication, and, at the same time, has been taken as an argument for logical relativism. A brief review of the...
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This paper proposes a semantic analysis of the "epistemic" interpretations of the Italian modal verb dovere with the conditional tense, taking as a starting point the underspecified modal semantics of both the modal verb and the conditional form. The analysis focuses in particular on the difference between epistemic readings of dovere in the indica...
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The present contribution deals with the epistemic readings of the Italian modal verbs dovere ('must') and potere ('may'/'can'). The two verbs show striking differences — both quantitative and qualitative — with respect to the possibility of epistemic interpretation, differences which have gone so far completely unnoticed in the — rather scarce — se...
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The paper presents a design strategy for e-learning hypermedia interfaces based on the notion of conceptualnavigational map. It proposes to analyze the cognitive and communication problems that arise in the use of hypermedia applications with specific goals, such as e-learning courseware modules, with the linguistic tools of pragmatics and discours...
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. More precisely, I will argue that modal expressions are closely intertwined with the establishment of argumentative discourse relations between utterances in discourse, both at a pragmatic and at a logico-semantic level. The paper constitutes an interim report of a broad ongoing research project investi- gating the relationship between argumentat...
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The stated goal of the workshop Lexical and Grammatical Modality at Work, for which the proposed paper is intended, is to explore the discourse functions and the constructional behavior of lexical and grammatical modal markers. The paper will examine the relationship between one specific discourse function, namely the expression of argumentative rh...

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Audio-video recorded and transcribed corpora of spoken language in interaction are collected by a diversity of disciplines in the social sciences and the humanities. They are particularly complex and offer several challenges when it comes to making them accessible to the scientific community, i.e. transforming them into open research data (ORD). The project aims at identifying the conditions that must be fulfilled in order to prepare and treat audio-video corpora of spoken language in interaction as ORD in a meaningful way. The applicants describe, analyse and assess existing ORD practices related to audio-video interactional data, on the basis of experiences and expertise in the fields of interactional linguistics, conversation analysis and dialogue-oriented argumentation studies. They explore possibilities of improvement, with a particular focus on researchers’ data-sharing skills related to corpora of spoken language in interaction and on the Swiss situation. The applicants engage in a theoretical reflection on the challenges that these data raise in terms of ORD and on what this example reveals more generally about ORD practices as socio-technological practices in the scientific domain. They engage with the concerned disciplines and communities and evaluate procedures to disseminate relevant knowledge in these communities.