The Effect of Imprecise Expressions in Argumentation-Theory and Experimental Results

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title = "The Effect of Imprecise Expressions in Argumentation-Theory and Experimental Results",
abstract = "We investigate argumentation where an expression is substituted with a less precise expression. We propose that the effect that this deprecization has on the audience be called deprecization effect. When the audience agrees more with the less precise version of the argument, there is a positive deprecization effect. We conducted an experiment where the participants were presented with a court room scenario. The results of the experiment confirm the following hypothesis: If the participants find it hard to agree with the precise version of the argument and accept the use of the imprecise term, they will agree more with the imprecise version of the argument. Furthermore, we show that a person who reacts in this way to deprecization commits the fallacy of equivocation.",
keywords = "Deprecization, vagueness, ambiguity, fallacy of equivocation, experimental philosophy",
author = "Christian Dahlman and Farhan Sarwar and Rasmus B{\aa}{\aa}th and Lena Wahlberg and Sverker Sikstr{\"o}m",
year = "2012",
language = "English",
isbn = "978-80-210-5948-1",
pages = "15--30",
booktitle = "ARGUMENTATION 2012: International Conference on Alternative Methods of Argumentation in Law",
publisher = "Masaryk University",