"Process of understanding, reasoning, thought," from French discours, from Latin discursus "a running about," in Late Latin "conversation," from past participle stem of discurrere "run about," from dis- "apart" + currere "to run". Sense of "formal speech or writing" is first recorded 1580s.

It is a continuous scratch (especially spoken) language longer tha a sentence. Discourse analysis. The study of patterns of linguistic organization in discourses. (CRYSTAL,1997)

Language in its social context, as it is used to carry out the social and intellectual life of a community. (MERCER 1995)

Discourses are different ways of structuring areas of knowledge and social practice, more abstract meaning. (FAIRCLOUGH 1992)



In this class I can understand the different types of discourses. The definitions clarifies a lot what are their characteristics and how and when I have to use each. This is absolutely usefull as an English teacher student.