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Appendix. Speech Genres in Contemporary Rhetorical Theory

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Ancient rhetoric has provided not only a cultural background, but also theoretical principles and practical tools applicable to the analysis of texts. The judicial and deliberative genre "aims at obtaining a decision to act", whereas the epideictic genres creates "a mere disposition toward action". Perelman and Olbrechts-Tyteca focus their attention on the epideictic genre, showing its importance in civic life. The purpose of the epideictic speech is to increase the intensity with which the audience adheres to certain values already accepted from the beginning. Some theorists have attempted to recuperate the triad of judicial, deliberative, and epideictic to classify contemporary discourses. They recognize Aristotelian genres as timeless, abstract, and universal categories that can always incorporate new forms of discourses. This approach is common to the discussions of Chaim Perelman, Michel Meyer, Garde Tamine, and Eco.

Keywords: ancient rhetoric; Aristotelian genres; Chaim Perelman; contemporary discourses; deliberative genre; epideictic genre; Garde Tamine; judicial genre; Michel Meyer

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