Probative Norms for Multimodal Visual Arguments

Argumentation 29 (2):217-233 (2015)
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The question, “What norms are appropriate for the evaluation of the probative merits of visual arguments?” underlies the investigation of this paper. The notions of argument and of multimodal visual argument employed in the study are explained. Then four multimodal visual arguments are analyzed and their probative merits assessed. It turns out to be possible to judge these qualities using the same criteria that apply to verbally expressed arguments. Since the sample is small and not claimed to be representative, this finding can at best be regarded as suggestive for the probative assessment of multimodal visual arguments in general



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