Periodic Table of Arguments

The atomic building blocks of persuasive discourse

Research projects

Federico Gobbo and Jean Wagemans are working on the development of a high precision tool for analyzing the linguistic and pragmatic features of arguments expressed in natural language. For this purpose, they combine the theoretical framework of Constructive Adpositional Grammars (CxAdGrams) with that of the Periodic Table of Arguments (PTA).

Jacky Visser, John Lawrence, and Chris Reed of ARG-tech, the Centre for Argument Technology of the University of Dundee, are collaborating with Jean Wagemans for the purpose of providing an annotated corpus of argument schemes by combining Inference Anchoring Theory with the Periodic Table of Arguments.

José Plug and Jean Wagemans are working on a procedure for rhetoric-checking that extends the practice of fact-checking with an assessment of the quality of arguments. Together with Martijn Demollin and Barend Last, they plan on launching a website for rhetoric-checking with student-generated content.