What is Discourse?

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When I began the quarter I had no previous any knowledge about "discourse", as the quarter progressed I have learned a lot about this idea of discourse. Although there are a lot of different ideas of what "discourse", I think they share some common things. You become a member of an institution or group, that share similarities and have a specific goals to accomplish that pertain to literacy. You have to be able to work as a group to make sure you accomplish these common goals. There are a couple of things that they have in common. First of all you have to have lexis, which is important in able to communicate and have these special language . This allows you to distinguish yourself from other communities, and allows you to communicate with the members of the group. If you don’t understand the lexis, than you will not be accepted by the group. Another important part is having one or more genres, which is important to make sure that the goals of the group get met. The last thing that I think is important is that you having boundaries or rules, that people know are not okay to do. For example, in an academic community everyone would agree that plagiarism is completely wrong and accepted. These are a couple of things that I found present throughout all the articles I read.
My favorite scholarly article so far has been, " Discourse Communities and Communities of Practice: Membership, Conflict, and Diversity" by Ann M. Johns. John's communities of practice, I think have
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