Essay on The Discourse Of A Discourse Community

2404 Words Nov 25th, 2016 10 Pages
Nearly everyone is part of a discourse community, most of the time, multiple discourse communities. However, the majority of people do not even know what a discourse community is. A discourse community can consist of any of the following including, but not limited to, particular academic fields, religious organizations, and hobby groups. Discourse communities have the power to influence and shape the way many individuals think and behave. The particular discourse community I have chosen to analyze is my sorority, Delta Gamma. Delta Gamma uses rhetoric to shape members thinking and writing. Rhetoric is always persuasive and influential; therefore members value the discourse being used within the community. After careful examination of my sorority, I have discovered a lack of unity between new and veteran members caused by the separation of various communications and discourse. John Swales analyzes exactly what a discourse community is in his writing “The Concept of a Discourse Community”. Swales identifies a discourse community by defining it with six different criteria.
To sum up Swales’ ideas, a discourse community must first have a shared common goal. Discourse communities have a successful form of communication and a way of exchanging information and feedback, such as email, Facebook groups, and private chat groups. They also have genres to promote goals, such as meetings. Individuals must actively participate in their discourse community to improve the overall shared…

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