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Discourse Communities

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Elena Bitner

on 29 August 2013

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Discourse Communities
FYC Guide
: "a social group that communicates, in part, using written texts but also shares common goals, values, writing standards, specialized vocabulary, and specialized genres" (149).
Personal Examples
Academic Examples
History Class
Scientific Journal
Honor Society
Greek Society
Frontera Rhetorica
According to the Oxford English Dictionary (Online)
1. Running hither and thither; passing irregularly from one locality to another.
2. Passing rapidly or irregularly from one subject to another; rambling, digressive; extending over or dealing with a wide range of subjects.
Passing from premisses to conclusions; proceeding by reasoning or argument.
Bizzer, Patricia. (1992) Academic
Discourse and Critical Consciousness. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh
Brunk-Chavez, B., Fourzan, J. (Eds.).
2013. The UTEP Guide to First-Year Composition. El Paso: University of Texas at El Paso.
Discourse Community Map
Choose the Discourse Communities that you feel best represent you
include the various discourse communities
, the
of each discourse community, and the various
literacies (oral, visual, written)
found within each discourse community. (FYC Guide, pg. 149)
"A group of people who share certain language-using practices" (Bizzel, 1992)
Questions to Get You Started
Who are the audience members within the discourse community?
What are the purposes for writing in the discourse community?
What are the typical genres and media used by the members of the community?
What topics are written about in this discourse community?
What are the conventions (guidelines and/or rules) of the discourse community? (p. 10)
What specialized language is used? Why? (provide examples)
How does one become a member of this discourse community?
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