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A Discourse is a linguistic expression sequences that express a cohesive narrative (share a topic).




  • (Wikipedia, 2015) ⇒ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/discourse Retrieved:2015-7-24.
    • Discourse denotes written and spoken communications such as:
      • In semantics and discourse analysis: A generalization of the concept of conversation within all modalities and contexts.
      • The totality of codified language (vocabulary) used in a given field of intellectual enquiry and of social practice, such as legal discourse, medical discourse, religious discourse, et cetera. ...
  1. The noun derives from a Latin verb meaning “running to and fro”. For a concise historical account of the term and the concept see Dorschel, Andreas. 2021. "Diskurs." Pp. 110–114 in Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte XV/4: Falschmünzer, edited by M. Mulsow, & A.U. Sommer. Munich: C.H. Beck.



  • (WordNet, 2009) ⇒ http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=discourse
    • S: (n) discourse (extended verbal expression in speech or writing)
    • S: (n) sermon, discourse, preaching (an address of a religious nature (usually delivered during a church service))
    • S: (n) discussion, treatment, discourse (an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic) "the book contains an excellent discussion of modal logic"; "his treatment of the race question is badly biased"
    • S: (v) discourse, talk about, discuss (to consider or examine in speech or writing) “The author talks about the different aspects of this question"; "The class discussed Dante's `Inferno'"
    • S: (v) converse, discourse (carry on a conversation)
    • S: (v) hold forth, discourse, dissertate (talk at length and formally about a topic) "The speaker dissertated about the social politics in 18th century Englan


  • http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/discourse?rdfrom=Discourse
    • 1. (uncountable, archaic) Verbal exchange, conversation.
    • 2. (uncountable) Expression in words, either speech or writing.
    • 3. (countable) A formal lengthy exposition of some subject, either spoken or written.
    • 4. (countable) Any rational expression, reason
    • 5. (social sciences, countable) An institutionalized way of thinking, a social boundary defining what can be said about a specific topic (after Michel Foucault).