Discourse Community Examples

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A Discourse Community in Mean Girls What is a discourse community? According to “The Concept of Discourse Community,” it’s a “discourse operates within conversations defined by communities, be they academic disciplines or social groups.” In other words, it is a group that has goals or a purpose and use communication to achieve that goal. In the movie Mean Girls there are many examples of discourse communities but I’m going to focus specifically on The Plastics. The movie Mean Girls is about a sixteen year old girl, Cady Heron, who has recently moved from Africa to the United States, and is attending public school for the first time. Her first day of school was not the best, but on her second day of school she meets Janis Ian and Damian Leigh who start to guide Cady into high school by telling her about different groups (cliques/discourse communities) in the school, including the Plastics, which is made up of Karen Smith, Gretchen Wieners, and Regina George. The Plastics soon take interest in Cady ask her to sit with them at lunch. Thanks to that we learn all about the discourse community of The Plastics. According to John Swales, there are six characteristics of a discourse community which I will discuss and use The Plastics as an example. The first characteristic of a discourse community according to Swales is that they have a broadly agreed set …show more content…

Regina uses, “shut up” with Cady which has Cady confused at first because she was quiet when Regina started saying that. Gretchen Wieners uses “so fetch,” which is some sort of “slang from England” according to her, but the rest of the group doesn’t really know what she means by that. Regina also uses different words such as “skeez.” Usually when Regina doesn’t like something on someone, she’ll say to them, “I love your ___,” when in reality she thinks it’s ugly and the rest of The Plastics know when she does

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