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20196306 Introduction to Discourse Analysis

20196306 Introduction to Discourse Analysis

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BY NADIA MUBASHIR KHAN
 
DISCOURSE
Language in use, which is used to communicate and isfelt to be coherent is called discourse.
Discourse can be defined as a stretch of languageconsisting of several sentences which are perceived asbeing related, not only in terms of ideas, but also interms of the jobs they perform.( function)
Discourse is fundamentally concerned with the relationshipbetween language and the contexts of its use.
Discourse is a text forming device. It studies howlanguage can be made coherent and cohesive.
The term Discourse applies to both spoken and writtenlanguage (literary and non-literary), in fact to any sample of language used for any purpose.
 
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.

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