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Glossary of Language Features

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AFFIRMATIVE
Team which supports the moot.
ATTACKING THE PERSON
Criticising the speaker instead of what they have said
CASE
All the points which support an argument.
CHAIRPERSON
Person who runs a meeting
CIRCULAR ARGUMENT
An example of faulty logic.
DEFINE
To explain the meaning of.
DOUBTFUL AUTHORITY
To support an argument by referring to a person who is not accepted as an expert, or a text not based on sufficient research.
EMOTIONAL ARGUMENT
One based on feelings, not logic
LOGIC
Reasoned thinking in which cause and effect are clear
MOOT
The topic of the debate, always expressed as "That ...".
NEGATIVE
Team which opposes the moot.
POINT OF MISINTERPRETATION
Formal claim that you did not say what another speaker says you did.
POINT OF ORDER
Formal claim that rules are not being followed.
PROCEDURE
Way things are done (kawa).
PROPOSITION
A claim that something is true; the topic of a debate.
REBUTTAL
To argue against the opponents' case.
REFUTE
To prove something is wrong (NB does not just mean 'disagree').
RHETORICAL QUESTION
a question asked for effect, but not necessarily needing to be answered. Example: Are we going to put up with curfews and being hassled by the police up town? Who cares? Do you think it is right?
STANCE
The way someone stands.
STATING THE OBVIOUS
An argument which claims something which everyone already knows.
TIMEKEEPER
Person who warns speakers in a debate, usually with a bell, that their time is nearly up, or is up; also records time for the adjudicator.

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