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What is a discourse schema?



A discourse schema (plural: schemata) is a sequenced group of text elements that is categorized by the text's genre.


A narative schema consists of the following elements:

  • Exposition or setting
  • Inciting moment
  • Developing conflict
  • Climax
  • Denouement
  • Final suspense
  • Conclusion
  Here are some kinds of discourse schemata:

Longacre 1996:34–35

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