A discourse community is a group of people who share a set of discourses, understood as basic values and assumptions, and ways of communicating about those goals. Linguist John Swales defined discourse communities as" groups that have goals or purposes, and use communication to achieve these goals".
Some examples of a discourse John Swales, the author of The Concept of Discourse Community, gives a list of six characteristics a group of individuals should uphold to Sep 05, 2012 An example of several discourse communities as they apply to Swales six characteristics is available in this document: discourse community examples.
This document was compiled by students in previous semesters. Oct 22, 2012 In The Concept of Discourse Community, John Swales attempts to establish the true definition of a discourse community.
Swales argues that there is a difference between a speech community and a discourse community and that there are six defining characteristics for a group to be a discourse community. A discourse community is a group of people who share a particular interest and use a certain register of language to communicate with each other. A register is another way in which how something is said or written and can be just as important as what is said or written for the meaning of the I learned to reflect on Swales article on discourse communities, by knowing the characteristics of a discourse community.
I got the chance to provide specific examples to demonstrate the six characteristics Swales mention. Feb 02, 2015 I am currently a member of the UWRT 1103 course and of the LBST 2214 Health and Quality of Life course.
Both of these courses involve one, if not all, of the six characteristics of a discourse community that John Swales talks about in his excerpt of his book, Genre Analysis. Summary:. In this academic essay Swales is outlining his ideas on Discourse communities. He explains a Discourse community as a body of people working towards a common goal while sharing a set of ideas and rules; unlike speech communities you may be initiated into a Discourse community.