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What is a discourse?

 

Definition
 

A discourse is an instance of language use whose type can be classified on the basis of such factors as grammatical and lexical choices and their distribution in

 
  • main versus supportive materials
  • theme
  • style, and
  • the framework of knowledge and expectations within which the addressee interprets the discourse.
Kinds
  Here are some kinds of discourse:
 
Generic
  A discourse is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Crystal 1985 96

 

Elson and Pickett 1988 163

 

Longacre 1990 1–2

 

Hanks 1987 670


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