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What is a manner of discourse?



A manner of discourse is an identifiable style of speech that is suitable for a particular type of

  • addressee
  • social setting, or
  • subject matter.
Examples (English)

Here are some examples that illustrate distinctions in manners of discourse. The intended perlocutionary effect is the same, but the styles are different:

  • Participants should remain seated throughout the ceremony.
  • Don’t get up.
  • Sit tight .


(Joos 1962, cited by Hartmann and Stork 1972 136 )


Crystal 1980 219


Hartmann and Stork 1972 136


Levinson 1979 207


Levinson 1983 91


Joos 1962

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