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What is expository discourse?



Expository discourse is a discourse that explains or describes a topic.


It does not primarily present contingent events or focus on a performer of actions, but rather tends to present the following kinds of propositions:

  • Information is logically oriented around a theme.
  • Third person pronoun forms are used.
  • Texts are not oriented around a specific agent.
  • Problem
  • Solution
  • Supporting argumentation
  • Evaluation of the solution
  • Explanations of cultural norms
  • Explanations of legal matters
  • Explanations of the teachings of the forefathers
  An expository discourse is a kind of

Longacre 1983 3, 5, 10, 39


Longacre 1990 2


Peck 1981 287


Larson 1984 366, 372

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