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  1. The purpose of the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)
  2. The intention or purpose of this collection as a whole
  3. The goal of a publication: Maximizing readership
  4. Our discussion of the WSJ and the style: The exceptions, the oddities of the writing, and things that make it unique as a publication
  5. Conclusion

The assignment states that ?language use in discourse communities functions (in part) to exclude others?. While this is true in many cases, sometimes language use in discourse communities actually functions to include others. After all, the goal of any publication, be it a newspaper, a science journal, or a magazine, sets forth the goal of maximizing its readership, not excluding any potential subscribers. In attempts to include others, a publication must use non-exclusionist writing, so that a person who does not belong to the discourse community can easily digest and comprehend the writing.

[...] Though this publication does not intend to write poetically, some of the alliteration and assonance are so consistent that one may mistake some of these articles to be taken from an artistic journal. The WSJ aims to keep people aware of not only the marketplace, but national and international news as well, and at times the WSJ will deviate from its normal path of targeting readers interested business, by producing articles that have no focus on markets or business, such as baseball. [...]


[...] The Wall Street Journal: Does Language Exclude Others? The assignment states that ?language use in discourse communities functions (in part) to exclude others?. While this is true in many cases, sometimes language use in discourse communities actually functions to include others. After all, the goal of any publication, be it a newspaper, a science journal, or a magazine, sets forth the goal of maximizing its readership, not excluding any potential subscribers. In attempts to include others, a publication must use non-exclusionist writing, so that a person who does not belong to the discourse community can easily digest and comprehend the writing. [...]

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