Discourse Initially discourse (L. discursus, "running to and from") simply meant any communication that involved debate or argument. The term is today used mainly in semantics and discourse analysis. In semantics, discourses are linguistic units composed of several sentences; in other words, conversations, arguments, or speeches.
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- A discourse is "a language or system of representation that has developed socially in order to make and circulate a coherent set of meanings about an important topic area."
- John Fiske (1987). Television Culture. New York: Methuen. ISBN 0415039347.
- We can no longer maintain any distinction between music and discourse about music, between the supposed object of analysis and the terms of analysis.
- Good as is discourse, silence is better and shames it.