Understanding Dialogues Exercise 2

Part II
Evaluate the following dialogue by using the concepts you explained in Part I to answer the following questions. Explain your answers in detail. Use the numbers at the left to refer to specific places in the dialogue.

(a) At what point, exactly, does the dialectical shift occur?
(b) Is it a licit (i.e. legitimate) or illicit shift?
(c) Does it happen according to a deplacement or a glissement?

1 Sam: Have you seen the news about the light rail proposal?
Dave: No. What does it say?
2 Sam: They say that they can connect Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Detroit by light rail by the end of 2015, and that they won't have to raise taxes to pay for it.
Dave: That sounds like a good idea. It would help people in urban centers find work in the suburbs.
3 Sam: Maybe. Business in the suburbs have to be supported too in order for there to be jobs to get to in the first place. Anyway, the notion that they can do it without raising taxes doesn't strike you as ridiculous?
Dave: No. They could finance the project with municipal bonds. It might even be a good way of bringing jobs and industry to our area.
4 Sam: Municipal bonds?! You must be some kind of idiot. Who is going to buy bonds from our bankrupt state anyway? We're not talking about monopoly money here.
Dave: The state's not bankrupt. You're making it sound worse than it is. What do you have against light rail anyway? What is wrong with helping people in urban centers get jobs? But then I guess you don't care about them, do you.
5 Sam: I never said that! I said the proposal was ridiculous because there wasn't any money for it. You aren't listening to me at all, are you?
Dave: I'll bet you wouldn't be so grim about it if the money was going to be for business investments instead of something that would actually help working people. You "free-market" types are all alike!
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