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What is a procedural discourse?

 

Definition
 

A procedural discourse is a discourse that

 
  • is used to tell the addressee how to do something
  • presents a series of steps leading to a goal, and
  • centers on events that are contingent one on another, rather than focusing on the performer of the events.
Features
 

Here are some features of procedural text:

 
  • The steps of the procedure are often organized chronologically.
  • First or second person pronoun forms are usually used.
  • Text is not oriented around a specific agent.
Examples
 
  • Directions on how to get somewhere
  • Instructions on how to make something
  • Recipes
Parts
 
  • Problem or need
  • Preparatory procedures
  • Main or efficient procedures
  • Concluding, often utilization procedures
Generic
  A procedural discourse is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Longacre 1990 2

 

Peck 1981 286

 

Larson 1984 366, 369

 

Longacre 1983 3, 5, 9, 38


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