What is a discourse community?
Discourse Community- A group of people who share a set of discourses (basic values and assumptions) and ways of communicating about those goals.
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What are the 6 Defining Characteristics of a Disco
A discourse community:
- Has an agreed set of common public goals
- Has ways of intercomunication between its members
- Uses the comunitive ways to provide infomation and feedback to each other
- Possesses one or more genres within the group comunication
- Due to owning genres, they have a specific lexis
- Has a threshold of members with a degree of context and discoursal expertise
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Producing a Text Within a Discourse Community
- If someone wants to join a discourse community (for example, mums net, online), they can not just write about anything.
- The preson has to not only know the lexis and language used but also the concepts and expectations.
- For example, if someone wanted to join mums net, they cant just write about anything, it would have to be in relation to a paretal issue or question.
- Thus, the producing of a text cannot take place unless the writer can define their goals in terms of the discourse communitys' context and common public goals.
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An Example of a Discourse Community Map
This is an example of a discourse community map:
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