Straw man as misuse of rephrase

Jacky Visser, Marcin Koszowy, Barbara Konat, Katarzyna Budzynska, Chris Reed

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The ‘rephrase’ relation between propositions is introduced in Inference Anchoring Theory to facilitate argument mining (the automated analysis of argumentative discourse). Examining an example from the candidates’ debates leading up to the 2016 presidential elections in the United States, we explore the relation between such rephrases and the straw man fallacy. Our aim with the structural characterisation of the fallacy is to work towards a foundation for the automated identiϐication of rephrase and inference patterns as a tool in computationally identifying instances of straw man and similar fallacies (e.g. ignoratio elenchi).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArgumentation and Inference
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd European Conference on Argumentation Volume II
EditorsSteve Oswald, Didier Maillat
PublisherCollege Publications
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9781848902848
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event2nd European Conference on Argumentation -, Fribourg, Switzerland
Duration: 20 Jun 201723 Jun 2017


Conference2nd European Conference on Argumentation
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  • fallacies
  • Inference Anchoring Theory
  • rephrase
  • straw man
  • television debate
  • US elections


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