Status, Marginality, and Rhetorical Theory

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This essay claims that arguments about the genres of discourse contain as a crucial element an attribution of status, which involves a dialectic of authority and marginality. Rhetorical scholarship is often a reaction against the condition of marginality. Reflection on these matters illumines the ontology of rhetorical discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)38-54
JournalQuarterly Journal of Speech
StatePublished - 1986


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