Dialogic Transitions

Analytic Transitions

  • Object: interrupt the flow of argument
    • Exception
    • Logical Flaw
    • Unexpected Consequence
  • Question or Co-Opt: redirect the flow of argument.
    • “What about … ”
    • “What do you mean by … ”
    • “But that’s just what I’m trying to argue … ”

Narrative Transitions

  • Event: something happens that (explicitly or implicitly) shifts the terms of the debate
  • New Character: a new point of view introduced to the debate
  • Destination: characters reach a location that (explicitly or implicitly) prompts them to sum up or rethink their position
  • Time passes: “Two weeks later, …”

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