Discourse is a broadly used and abstract term that is used to refer to a range of topics in various disciplines. For the sake of this discussion, discourse analysis is used to describe a number of approaches to analyzing written and spoken language use beyond the technical pieces of language, such as words and sentences. Therefore, discourse analysis focuses on the use of language within a social context. Embedded in the constructivism–structuralism traditions, discourse analysis's key emphasis is on the use of language in social context. Language in this case refers to either text or talk, and context refers to the social situation or forum in which the text or talk occurs. Language and context are the two essential elements that help distinguish the two ...

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