Module 02 - Adapting Your Message to Your Audience
Appendix 2-E: Discourse Community Analysis
August 21, 2006
To: Kitty O. Locker
From: Gary Griffith
Subject: The Pickerington Church of the Nazarene Softball Team as a Discourse Community
This past softball season was very successful for the softball team sponsored by the Pickerington
Church of the Nazarene. With a record of twelve wins and three loses, we finished third in our
league. The team consists of fourteen male players between the ages of 14 and 48 who all attend the
Pickerington Church of the Nazarene (a requirement for membership on the team).
Kinds of Communication on the Team
Communication on the team serves three functions: administrative, practical, and social.
Administrative discourse organizes the team to play and includes announcements of the dates and
times of games and practice sessions, who the opponent is, what positions people will play, and the
Specialized Terms Used by the Team
Baseball terms can be used in softball since the rules and games are so similar. Many of the terms
used by sportscasters and writers refer to statistical information about a game, an individual’s
performance, or a team’s performance, such as batting average, slugging percentage, and perfect
game. Fans use less technical terms such as KO, hit, and strike. Our team uses more technical terms
than our fans do.
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