Introduction: Dans le bourbier des arguties

Translated title of the contribution: Introduction: In the Quagmire of Quibbles

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Criticism may degenerate into quibbling or nitpicking. How can discussants keep quibblers under control? In the paper we investigate cases in which a battle about words replaces a ldiscussion of the matters that are actually at issue as well as cases in which a battle about minor objections replaces a discussion of the major issues. We survey some lines of discussion dealing with these situations in profiles of dialogue.
Translated title of the contributionIntroduction: In the Quagmire of Quibbles
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationPinailler
Subtitle of host publicationEntre souci de précision et bavardage
EditorsMarie-Noëlle Doutreix, Chrystel Jeandot, Lorreine Petters, Line Soryano
Place of PublicationLyon
PublisherSens Public
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)978-2-9566020-1-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventJournées d’études : Pinailler, entre souci de précision et bavardage, - Centre de recherche approches pragmatiques en philosophie du language et de la communication (APPLA&CO), Laboratoire Communication, Information, Médias, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France
Duration: 25-Nov-201626-Nov-2016

Publication series

NameLes Cahiers
PublisherSEns Public
ISSN (Print)1767-9397


WorkshopJournées d’études
Abbreviated titlePinailler


  • criticism, difference of opinion, Freedom Rule, hairsplitting, nitpicking, objection, profile of dialogue, quibble, talking at cross-purposes

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