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Discourse

The terms discourse and discourses mean many different things in different disciplines, and definitions vary across contexts. Discourse is considered by some in a broad sense as an exchange between people and their environment and the outcomes arising from such exchanges. It can equally be considered broadly to concern language, communication, meaning, and context. The different definitions reflect the continuing popularity and expansion of the field. The definitions are so abundant and varied that many textbooks focusing on discourse and discourse analysis open with a survey of existing definitions. The Latin word discursus, which became discourse in English, means “running to and fro,” from which derived the Medieval Latin meaning “argument” and later, “to speak at length.” A key word in relation to discourse ...

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