Definition of Discourse
‘a continuous stretch of language larger than a sentence,
often constituting a coherent unit, such as sermon,
argument, joke or narrative.’ (Crystal:1992)
Cook (1989) defines discourse as stretches of languageperceived to be meaningful, unified and purposive.
In the study of language, discourse often refers to thespeech patterns and usage of language, dialects, andacceptable statements, within a community. It is asubject of study in people who live in secluded areas andshare similar speech conventions.
The term discourse is used to describe the conversationsand the meaning behind them by a group of people whohold certain ideas in common.