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Arguments can be made anywhere we want them to be made We can look at some of these arguments that we are making by examining the communities we use to make them in Perceived in terms of context argument is discussed in terms of the audience to whom it is addressed or in terms of the community field or sphere in which it takes place McKerrow p27 By looking at a professional sports event I will address the audience and the community to explain the argument that is taking place More specifically the sports event that I will choose to analyze is an NFL game To explain the idea of argument in communities the community itself must be defined Communities are typified by the specific rules which govern argumentative behavior by social practices which determine who may speak with what authority and by their own display of these rules and social practices in response to challenges from within or outside the communityMcKerrow p28 The first part of the community is defined by the specific rules that govern argumentative behavior For a football game these rules refer to the fans in creating the community As fans if we want to be apart of the community we realize there are rules that we need to abide by Some of these rules may include good sportsmanship For example we may not agree with a call that an official has made but we know in order for us to be apart of the community we must behave in a certain way So we can practice argumentation by arguing the call but there is a certain point where our behavior must stop In this community it usually ends with non-verbal actions Most fans do not resort to physical violence The second way in which the community is formed is by the social practices which determine who may speak with what authority In a football game it is usually the
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