intertextuality and interdiscursivity were investigated to identify how the

Intertextuality and interdiscursivity were

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intertextuality and interdiscursivity were investigated to identify how the genre of email is constructed and exploited by the discourse community (Biber et al., 2007; Bhatia, 2004; Devitt, 1991). On the socio-critical perspective, the influences of the disciplinary conventions in the discourse community on language use were investigated to identify why the employees write their emails the way they do (Bhatia, 2004). 1.7 Definition of Terms The following is the definition of some terms in this study: Communicative purpose in this study refers to the functional and cognitive intention of the communication in the email message (Bhatia, 1993). It “operates to keep the scope of a genre as here conceived narrowly focused” (Swales, 1990, p. 58). Disciplinary conventions in this study refer to the implicitly understood and unconsciously followed and the explicitly enforced conventions that govern the use of language in the institution (Bhatia, 2004). Discourse community in this study refers to a number of people, who have common public goal[s] of communication, have common techniques in their
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intercommunication, and use these techniques in their communications whether to deliver information or give feedback (Swales, 1990). Ethnographic analysis in this study refers to the investigation of the front-stage and back-stage interactions in the discourse community to examine the critical site of engagement and moments of interactions. It also refers to the textographic analysis (see textography below) that investigates the mode of genre construction and communication (Bhatia, 2004; Swales, 1998). Genre in this study refers to “a recognizable communicative event characterized by a set of communicative purpose(s) identified and mutually understood by members of the professional or academic community in which it regularly occurs” (Bhatia. 1993, p. 13). Genre as a resource in this study refers to the “knowledge of procedures, practices, and conventions that make the text possible and relevant to a particular socio- rhetorical context” (Bhatia, 2002, p. 5). Genre system in this study refers to the “complete set of discursive forms that are invoked by all the participants involved in a professional activity” (Bhatia, 2004, p.
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