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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Persuasion

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ISBN 9780367423353
April 1, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
448 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This handbook provides a wide-ranging, authoritative and cutting-edge overview of language and persuasion. Featuring a range of international contributors, the handbook outlines the basic materials of linguistic persuasion—sound, words, syntax, and discourse and the rhetorical basics that they enable, such as appeals, argument schemes, arrangement strategies and accommodation devices.

Building on this, the book details the dimensions and implications of language and persuasion in biological terms and analyses various contexts of persuasion in the different domains and media that constitute contemporary sites of persuasion.

Concluding with a section on future directions in scholarship and highlighting new computational methodologies for language analysis, this handbook is essential reading for those researching and studying persuasion in the areas of language, linguistics, communication, rhetoric, discourse studies and media and journalism.

Table of Contents

Sonic Rhetoric: The Persuasive Power of Spoken Language

Gabrijela Kišiček

Repetitive Double Negation Litotes: Identification Engine in Classic Chinese Maxims

Ying Yuan

The Rhetoric of Prosopopoeia

Bryan Blankfield

The Proleptic Suite

Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher

Using Examples to Misrepresent the World

Michael Billig and Cristina Marinho

Patterns of Argument: Aristotelian Topoi and Argumentation Schemes

Christopher W. Tindale

Making Meaning out of Texts: An Approach through the Interpretive Stases

Martin Camper

Stasis: Moving People to Action

Davida Charney


Chris Holcomb and Heather Buzbee

Evaluating to Persuade in Statistical Framing: A Conceptual Tool for Rhetors and Audiences

Daniel Libertz

Grounding Cognition: Intersections of Rhetorical Theory and Cognitive Science

Todd Oakley

Persuasive Language Development: The Case of Irony and Humour in Children’s Language

Penny M. Pexman

The Development of Persuasive Communication: Animals and the Evolved Mind

Alex C. Parrish

Interactivity in Genre Forms: Ceremonial and Legislative Government Apologies as Distinct Rhetorical Acts Toward Reconciliation

Martha S. Cheng

The Languages of Science

Alan Gross

Legal/Forensic Persuasion

James Jasinski

A Framework for Understanding Polarizing Language

William Donohue and Mark Hamilton


John Oddo

Games, Language and Persuasion

Steve Wilcox

Asian American persuasion: The subtleties of speaking with others’ words

Jennifer Lin LeMesurier

Persuasion in songs of protest: deliberation through metaphors and music in South African struggle songs

Sisanda Nkoala

Exploring Expert Appeals to Ethos with Statistical Corpus Analysis: Personal and Contextual Factors and Their Influence on Climate Scientists’ Use of Appeals to Expertise

James Wynn

Computer-based Analysis: Argument Mining

John Lawrence and Jacky Visser

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Jeanne Fahnestock is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of English at the University of Maryland, USA. Randy Allen Harris is a Professor of English at the University of Waterloo, Canada