A classification system for argumentation schemes

Douglas Walton, Fabrizio Macagno

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This paper explains the importance of classifying argumentation schemes, and outlines how schemes are being used in current research in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics on argument mining. It provides a survey of the literature on scheme classification. What are so far generally taken to represent a set of the most widely useful defeasible argumentation schemes are surveyed and explained systematically, including some that are difficult to classify. A new classification system covering these centrally important schemes is built.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-245
Number of pages27
JournalArgument and Computation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sept 2015


  • Argument interpretation
  • Argument representation
  • Computational models of natural language argument


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