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Academic Discourse A discourse community basically speaks for itself and the people involved in that community It is the way that people within a specific group communicate about common topics of interest In this paper I will compare the numerous differences between two types of discourse communities There is an academic discourse that involves more detailed terminology and ideas and deals with a more specific detailed body of knowledge Academic discourse is more for the interest of people that are experts or studying a certain field or profession Then on the other hand there is popular discourse that deals with more everyday issues and uses more of a basic language that almost anyone who can read can understand Aiming to grab the attention of teenagers young adults and some adults popular discourse magazines use eye-catching appeals to grab the readers attention instead of logical information I compared the two discourse communities and analyzed the different languages and word presentation used throughout the material that I read All in all I compared the informative information that each had to offer a reader and as to what appeal if any was used to draw a reader in When first picking up the material I noticed that even the covers of the books differed in extreme ways For an academic discourse community I used a journal entitled American Psychologist and noted right away the cover a very dull navy-blue cover with semi-bold gothic type print reading American Psychologist across the top At the bottom right side in smaller print line-by-line it reads Volume 43 number 12 December 1988 Published monthly by The American Psychological Association For the popular discourse community I used URB a popular magazine for younger readers Noting the more colorful eye-catching cover that reads in large bold-face print across the top URB and then underneath it in much smaller print SeptemberOctober 99 Issue 68 The cover has a large eyeball with bold white lettering
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