Periodic Table of Arguments

The atomic building blocks of persuasive discourse

Research projects

Representing arguments

Federico Gobbo and Jean Wagemans are working on the development of a high precision tool for representing 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). After having developed a method for representing first-order arguments in so-called ‘argumentative adtrees’, they now aim for extending the method to the representation of second-order arguments, complex premises, and larger argumentation structures.

Corpus annotation

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). The corpus is now available online at US2016G1tvWAGEMANS.


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.