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Distinctive features of persuasion and deliberation dialogues
Argument & Computation
  • Katie Atkinson
  • Trevor Bench-Capon
  • Douglas Walton, University of Windsor
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  • Deliberation,
  • Persuasion Over Action,
  • Dialogue
The distinction between action persuasion dialogues and deliberation dialogues is not always obvious at first sight. In this paper, we provide a characterisation of both types of dialogues that draws out the distinctive features of each. It is important to recognise the distinctions since participants in both types of dialogues will have different aims, which in turn affects whether a successful outcome can be reached. Such dialogues are typically conducted by exchanging arguments for and against certain options. The moves of the dialogue are designed to facilitate such exchanges. In particular, we show how the pre- and post-conditions for the use of particular moves in the dialogues are very different depending upon whether they are used as part of a persuasion over action or a deliberation dialogue. We draw out the distinctions with reference to a running example that we also present as a logic program in order to give a clear characterisation of the two types of dialogues, which is intended to enable them to be used more effectively within systems requiring automated communication.
Citation Information
Katie Atkinson, Trevor Bench-Capon and Douglas Walton. "Distinctive features of persuasion and deliberation dialogues" Argument & Computation Vol. 4 Iss. 2 (2013) p. 105 - 127
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