Schmidt & Kopple Discourse Community Article Review

After reading the Schmidt and Kopple article, please answer the questions below; please answer in complete sentences.

  • How do Schmidt and Kopple define/characterize discourse communities?
  • Why is this important to understand? (You as a person, you as a writer, you as a writer for this class)
  • What parts of this article are most directly helpful for your DC project?
  • The article also argues that there is a positive association between rhetoric and access (or widening one’s access) to various discourse communities—how do you see this in your own world?
  • How does awareness of one’s status as insider or outsider of a discourse community relate to “understanding audience”?
  • How does understanding the concept of discourse communities relate to an awareness of diverse systems of meaning making present in academia—and the world?

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