Types of Discourse

Framework 4: Discourse

Table outlining the different types of discourse, giving explanations and examples of each.

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Discourse Structure Key Features Examples
List/instructions Logical progression through Recipes, instruction manuals
stages, use of imperative verbs to
instruct, guide
Problem solution Identifies a problem Product adverts
Analysis Breaks down key ideas into Academic articles
constituent parts, evaluates and
Narrative Details a series of events, Novels, witness accounts, dramatic
chronological or nonchronological monologues


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