Wikipedia article on Discourse Communities

Think about the groups you have been involved with now and in the past. Do you think that any of the groups you participated in would qualify as a discourse community?

  • Did this group have some commonly shared goals?
  • Did the members of this group have some commonalities in the way they used language and communicated with one another?
  • Were some members of the group considered to be experts; while others were considered newbies?

I belong to 2 distinct discourse communities: tennis group and the horse group.

Horse Discourse Community:

  • Martingale
  • Oxer
  • Hanoverian
  • Gelding, mare, stallion
  • left lead, right lead

Write one paragraph on a discourse community that you belong to now or one from your past. Make certain to address the bullet points:

  • Did this group have some commonly shared goals?
  • Did the members of this group have some commonalities in the way they used language and communicated with one another?
  • Were some members of the group considered to be experts; while others were considered newbies?