Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Procedural Discourse

Definition: 

A procedural discourse is a discourse that

  • is used to tell the addressee how to do something
  • presents a series of steps leading to a goal, and
  • centers on events that are contingent one on another, rather than focusing on the performer of the events.
Examples: 
  • Directions on how to get somewhere
  • Instructions on how to make something
  • Recipes
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