How would you describe the discourse community using some of the six criteria Swale proposes?
Overview: We are enveloped by discourse communities. They shape what we value, what we fear, what we hope to achieve. They help to define our short-term goals and long-term plans. They even give us a sense of mission—to score a basket; to win the cookoff; to major in a given field; to find a cure; to get/stay physically, mentally, emotionally healthy, and more. Some of these communities are less defined, less discernible, than others. Regardless of their direct appeal, or presence, in our thinking, they provide the interpretive and discursive stuff of our lives. For this project, investigate a discourse community from your own life—one that has shaped or is beginning to shape your identity.
Discourse Selection: Consider the following to select one discourse community you are a member/participant of: your major, college you attend, music you listen to, sports you watch or play, religious/spiritual
communities, clubs/organizations, friendship circle, personal relationship.
Try to understand how that one discourse community works: how it establishes, maintains, and knows itself.
Document Specifics: Once you select a specific discourse community, open a Word document as your journal entry and format and cite (both articles) as in-text (within the journal entry) and works cited (on the last page) per MLA style.
Use this doc to respond to the questions below using complete sentences composed in paragraph form. Page maximum – 2 (no minimum) This is your journal entry; there is no right or wrong answer. Your perspective is just that, yours. Upon completion, upload your doc to this dropbox.
Guided Questions: Be sure to apply Swales’ and Dixson’s readings as you respond to the questions below.
• Briefly describe one discourse community you are a participant in.
• How would you describe the discourse community using some of the six criteria Swale proposes?
• Does the community have an expressed identity? How would you describe it?
• If applicable, what is the means of communication among members (e.g., email, phone, meetings)?
• What is the shared lexis? (terms that members know and use)
• Is there a diverse range of expertise, from novices to experts of any kind in this community? Tell us more.
• How would you identify any interesting features of your discourse community that do not meet any of Swales’ six criteria as he describes in the article? These might include: a. Sources of conflict or tension within the discourse community b. Internal/external challenges to the discourse community c. How someone could join the discourse community d. How the discourse community has changed over time
• Lastly, theorize: What does your discourse community reveal about the nature of communities (or ideology or discourse)? What does your focus in responses above suggest about the function of language for an expressed and shared identity? As you consider this, return to our class readings for this week and draw on any relevant passages or claims as you explain your response.
My discourse community is the soccer community.