The Topos of Time as an Argumentative Resource in Conflict Talk


  • Cordula Schwarze Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald



conversation analysis, conflict talk, argumentation, topos, time, numbers


Employing a conversation-analytical approach, this paper describes the form-function relations of the topos of time as an argumentative resource. Linguistically grounded this micro-analysis primarily focuses on the interactivity and processuality of talk-in-interaction as well as on the functional assignment of topoi-uses to rhetorical procedures. The paper provides a ’short phenomenology of numbers’ in conflict talk between mothers and their adolescent daughters. I will argue that the use of numbers on the conversational surface points to a specific conceptualization of time. In their concrete and local realization of the topos of time these numbers lay bare everyday conceptualizations of time. This way time as a category becomes visible on the conversational surface. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0701165


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Author Biography

Cordula Schwarze, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald

Cordula SCHWARZE, Dipl.-Sprechwiss., Forschungsinteressen: Rhetorik, Topik, Argumentationsanalyse, Gesprächsanalyse, Prosodie



How to Cite

Schwarze, C. (2007). The Topos of Time as an Argumentative Resource in Conflict Talk. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 8(1).



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