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What is hortatory discourse?



Hortatory discourse is a discourse that is an attempt to persuade the addressee to fulfill commands that are given in the discourse.


A hortatory discourse typically consists of

  • one or more commands that are logically related to each other, and
  • expressions offering motivation in support of the respective commands.
  • Commands are supported by reasons.
  • Second person pronoun forms are used.
  • Texts are oriented toward an agent.
  • Tests are not organized chronologically.
  • Guidelines for newlyweds
  • A political speech
  • Warnings to children
  • A sermon
  A hortatory discourse is a kind of

Longacre 1990 2


Longacre 1983 3, 5, 10, 39


Larson 1984 366, 376

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