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What is a discourse?



A discourse is an instance of language use whose type can be classified on the basis of such factors as grammatical and lexical choices and their distribution in

  • main versus supportive materials
  • theme
  • style, and
  • the framework of knowledge and expectations within which the addressee interprets the discourse.
  Here are some kinds of discourse:
  A discourse is a kind of

Crystal 1985 96


Elson and Pickett 1988 163


Longacre 1990 1–2


Hanks 1987 670

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