Essay What Is Discourse

1077 Words May 23rd, 2014 5 Pages
ENG 101
Bailey

Writing Project 4 When Gee mentions the phrase dominant discourse he means a particular way of talking and thinking about a subject, created by those in power. This type of discourse is popular because it is admired and repeated a lot. So the dominant discourse Gee discusses is certainly used by a particular class, the upper class. The people in this upper class are usually white people. With dominant discourse, there are certain ways of talking and thinking that won’t be accepted so there is a need to conform to the same patterns of thinking and talking amongst the people conversing within this type of discourse. In the article, Gee gives an account of a conversation that was taking place in a bar. While the dialogue
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The way she speaks and the way I do are so different she sometimes doesn’t understand things that I say because she has not been exposed to that kind of thinking or talking. I tend to use more slang because that is just how we talk where I’m from. I do believe if I had been surrounded by surroundings and people similar to the ones she had, my discourse would be similar to hers. Going to college, I get to witness a lot of discourses almost every day among people of different races, ages and social classes. Even more so because I am an athlete and I get to travel. Even though my discourse is ingrained in me, I can put on a different type of discourse when the time calls for it. For example, I talk to my mom and my family one way, my friends another. With both of these groups my discourse in pretty informal, but I have learned to use a different or “secondary discourse.” The second type of discourse I tend to use is dominant similar to what I mentioned before at places like school or at job interviews. It takes practice and getting used to, but it is not difficult, at least for me. While I still may not be perfect in my usage of it, I think that I use the dominant discourse well enough to fit into an office setting for work or something business related. In my interview with one of my older neighbors, I asked her for some words and phrases he used that are not so common today. Words such as “stoop” and “groovy” as well as phrases like “I’ve got to see a man about

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