Claims Support Linkage Notes Livia

Claim

  • Debatable statement
    • The point of the argument
    • In "Is Google Making Us Stupid?", the author's main claim is that Google is making us stupid

Support

  • The "why?" of the claim
  • The reason for why the audience she care about the claim
  • Also called data

Linkage

  • What connects the claim and the support
  • Also called an assumption
  • Most of the time, it's unstated
  • Deals with the cultural context of the argument
  • Example: It's cold outside, put your coat on (the coat will make me warm; I feel more comfortable wearing a coat in the cold is the linkage)
  • How your audience connects the dots
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