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Perelman And Olbrechts-Tyteca's "New" Rhetoric Through A Cognitive Lens

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The term "rhetorical criticism" has been in vogue in biblical fields since 1968, when James Muilenburg made his famous address to the Society of Biblical Literature calling for scholars to broaden their horizons beyond form criticism. The grounding of cognitive linguistic analysis in the scientific world, a grounding rejected by Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca, presents a way to argue against the assumptions and claims of post-modern and deconstructionism. This chapter examines the rhetorical examples as seen by Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca, dissecting such examples in the language and mode of cognitive linguistics, and then showing where the two disciplines differ or agree. The analysis of Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca's findings is followed by an applied experiment: a cognitive reading is contrasted with a rhetorical reading by a contemporary author.

Keywords: cognitive linguistics; Olbrechts-Tyteca; Perelman; rhetorical criticism



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