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What is a text genre?

 

Definition
 

A text genre is a type of written or spoken discourse.

Discussion
 

Texts are classified into genres on the basis of the intent of the communicator.

Examples
 

Here is a table showing some text genres and the communicator's intent for each genre.

 
  • Text genre

    Communicator's intent is to . . .

    Narrative

    Tell about a sequence of events.

    Procedural

    Give instructions on how to do something.

    Expository

    Explain something.

    Hortatory

    Encourage someone to do something.

    Descriptive

    List the characteristics of something.

  • Source
     

    Larson 1984 365–366


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