Literacy Discourse And Linguistics Analysis

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In“Literacy, Discourse, and Linguistics: Introduction,” James Paul Gee introduces his readers to the concept of a Discourse with a capital D. Discourses with a capital D according to Gee are “saying (writing)-doing-being-valuing, believing combinations” (6). They are important “combinations”(6). This is for the reason that “identity kits” can help someone see who you are, and they allow you to gain entrance into other Discourses such as a Dominant Secondary Discourse by having the proper make up(Gee 7). According to Gee without the perfect “combination” or make up of not only language but values, the overall message cannot get across because every part of the combination is essential when trying to master a new Discourse(6). This is seen in …show more content…
In Amy Cuddy’s Ted talk she states two important ideas. First believes “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are,” Cuddy suggests if you believe in yourself you can become powerful. These ideas of power posing and practicing can actually help change who, and what you are. It offers ways to consider how one might address the challenges involved in entering what James Paul Gee calls a Dominant Secondary Discourse. Body language is an important, essential feature because when interviewing for any job, giving speeches or presentations one is always being judged on their nonverbal communication whether they know it or not. It is our “identity kit” as Gee would say (7). We learn through Cuddy that nonverbal communications are a very important factor for secondary discourses in in the business …show more content…
Discourses are not just ways of talking, but ways of talking, acting, thinking, valuing, etc.” (10). Therefore, you need to have the perfect combination to be “fluent” in a Discourse. For example, the non verbals Cuddy talks about sheds light on the business Discourse if you don 't have it then you can mushfake. For starters, when you are doing a business deal and you are not standing with good posture, or making direct eye contact no one would want to buy into your deal or become your business partner. This is because if you are involved in the Discourse of business and lack essential dominant Displays in this Discourse such as nonverbal communication it looks poorly. It looks poorly since you cannot execute the essential factors well enough to attempt to enter the secondary discourse it. Similarly, Cuddy says that “ when we think... communication, we think about interactions”(1:38). Cuddy make an important point here, if you do not interact and show a person that you are interested or excited, they would not be that way either. Also, if you do not have interactions between your business colleagues or future employers how can you know you are a decent businessman? Hence you must act

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