by Lee Mayfield, GCOM
For this assignment, participants in GCOM selected a group of people (a discourse community) who use words and phrases unique to that group, who have their own ways of talking, their own conventions of style. Suggestions for such discourse communities were: fraternities, sororities, computer users, basketball players, business majors, band members, cafeteria workers. Also every job/profession has its own discourse: checkout clerks at Farmer Jacks, lawyers, disc jockeys, poultry workers, etc. The goal is to examine members of the discourse community as outsiders.
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