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What is hortatory discourse?

 

Definition
 

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

Discussion
 

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.
Features
 
  • Commands are supported by reasons.
  • Second person pronoun forms are used.
  • Texts are oriented toward an agent.
  • Tests are not organized chronologically.
Examples
 
  • Guidelines for newlyweds
  • A political speech
  • Warnings to children
  • A sermon
Generic
  A hortatory discourse is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Longacre 1990 2

 

Longacre 1983 3, 5, 10, 39

 

Larson 1984 366, 376


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