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What is a manner of discourse?

 

Definition
 

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 .
 
Source:

 

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

Sources
 

Crystal 1980 219

 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 136

 

Levinson 1979 207

 

Levinson 1983 91

 

Joos 1962


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