Connectives & Straw Men. Experimental approach on French and English

Schumann, Jennifer; Zufferey, Sandrine (6 June 2020). Connectives & Straw Men. Experimental approach on French and English (Unpublished). In: 12t OSSA Conference: Evidence, Persuasion & Diversity. University of Windsor. 03.06.2020 - 06.06.2020.

In this paper, we present experiments designed to assess the role of causal connectives with an attributive meaning (e.g. since and puisque) on the acceptability of straw man fallacies. Our results show that connectives play a role for the detection of straw man fallacies by increasing readers’ awareness to the speaker’s persuasive intent, thus creating a forewarning effect. We also uncover a crucial difference between causal connectives both within and across languages. Taken together, our experiments plead in favor of conducting fine-grained analyses of connectives in different languages in order to deepen our understanding of their role for argumentation.

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Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of French Language and Literature

Graduate School:

Graduate School of the Humanities (GSH)

UniBE Contributor:

Schumann, Jennifer, Zufferey, Sandrine


400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 440 French & related languages




Jennifer Schumann

Date Deposited:

24 Jun 2020 13:40

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:39


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