Therefore, we create an opportunity for people to base their opinion on the actual meaning of the text and enable them to continue creating the non-existent, with a sense of understanding. Therefore, knowing the intended discourse community is a very important part of writing.
Many texts and ideas of different centuries were integrated into the one document. However, this small portion can be unique. Jefferson wrote this great work by weaving together the intertext of his discourse community.
The listening until you can join the conversation can be seen as doing research. By taking these ideas and expanding upon them or applying them in a new way, a writer is able to make their novel argument. You listen for a while, until you decide that you have caught the tenor of the argument; then you put in your oar.
The statement provides an opening for a fictional narrative while simultaneously implying an ominous, foreboding setting. Academic document types[ edit ]. This can be connected to the part of the metaphor where no one in the parlor is qualified to bring you up to speed, just as the papers your researched were researched also.
Because the assumptions made by different readers can be drastically different from one another, it is important that the framework the author provides is sufficient to keep the assumptions that are crucial to the story itself constant between readers.
For example, the way a claim is made in a high school paper would look very different from the way a claim is made in a college composition class. Across most discourses communities, writers will: The audience can be thought of as a discourse community, and a fact can suddenly change to become an opinion if stated in a different discourse community.
They define what is an acceptable argument. This is how writers within discourse communities manage to present new ideas to their communities.
One such example of this concept from Porter is the Declaration of Independence. A common metaphor used to describe academic writing is "entering the conversation", a conversation that began long before you got there and will continue long after you leave.
However, their families and the rival groups with which their loyalty lies forbid their love. Intertextuality[ edit ] Intertextuality is the combining of past writings into original, new pieces of text.
Rodrigo owns a bike, he has a friend, his friend has a house, his house is within biking distance, and Rodrigo has the ability to ride a bike. Porter inspirationally explores the essence of intertextuality in one of his articles Intertextuality and the Discourse Community: It is an imperfect conventional form of code created by few people whom we do not know and it is surrounded by non-existent concepts.
Writing for a discourse community[ edit ] In order for a writer to become familiar with some of the constraints of the discourse community they are writing for, a useful tool for the academic writer is to analyze prior work from the discourse community. Discourse communities introduce new ideas and claims, and from these, writers expand on them.
Porter points out that Jefferson merely pulled the phrase "That all men are created equal" straight from his commonplace book he made as a boy. Ulysses uses the plot line from The Odyssey and retells it with a new character in a new setting, thus using past writings to create a new, original one.
This is why gathering background information and having past knowledge is so important in academic writing. As long as we are consciously aware of what we are translating from, we are not forced to shift the meaning involuntarily.
Conversation[ edit ] Factoring in intertextuality, the goal of academic writing is not simply creating new ideas, but to offer a new perspective and link between already established ideas. Misconceptions regarding making a novel argument[ edit ] Within discourse communities, writers build on top of the ideas established by previous writers.
These assumptions are usually extremely basic thoughts made by a vast majority of the audience; such thoughts may be considered "common sense" or otherwise obvious to anyone who reads the text. The term intertextuality was coined in by Julia Kristeva.
At the same time the discourse community does not expect to see any writing that appears too foreign. The hour grows late, you must depart, with the discussion still vigorously in progress. As Greene describes in his article, "Argument as Conversation", academic writing can be thought of metaphorically as a conversation between those in the discourse community.
But this is not how writers think of facts. In fact the discussion had already begun long before any of them got there, so that no one present is qualified to retrace for you all the steps that had gone before. All of the research you read, is built on research instead of self-knowledge.
The power of this statement is the idea that one can turn intertextuality into ones own favor only once one "does not exist" when writing academic text and only once one realizes that there is no universal reader to which the text can be attributed to.
Writers should also be aware of other ways in which the discourse community shapes their writing.The Handbook of Academic Writing: A Fresh Approach. New York: Open University Press, ; Johnson, Roy. Evaluating Quality of Writing. A useful approach for evaluating the quality of your academic writing is to consider the following issues from the perspective of the reader.
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