Periodic Table of Arguments

The building blocks of persuasive discourse

Research projects

Adpositional Argumentation (AdArg)

Arg-adtree premise

Federico Gobbo and Marco Benini, the founders of Constructive Adpositional Grammars (CxAdGrams), have teamed up with Jean Wagemans in order to develop a high precision tool for representing the linguistic and pragmatic features of arguments. The combination of their linguistic representation framework with the argument classification framework of the Periodic Table of Arguments (PTA) has yielded a method for building so-called ‘argumentative adpositional trees’ (or ‘arg-adtrees’). These enable the analyst of argumentative discourse not only to represent statements on the morphosyntactic level, but also to include information regarding the argumentative function of their constituents.

Annotated corpus of argument schemes

example-diagram-clintonJacky 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 developing an annotated corpus of argument schemes by combining Inference Anchoring Theory (IAT) with the Periodic Table of Arguments (PTA).


José Plug and Jean Wagemans are working on developing procedures for what they call ‘rhetoric-checking’, a practice that extends that of fact-checking with an assessment of the quality of argumentative aspects of discourse. Together with Martijn Demollin and Barend Last, they plan on launching a website for rhetoric-checking with student-generated content.