ANALYTICAL POTENTIAL OF DISCOURSE GENRES FOR THE VARIATIONIST STUDIES
Keywords:Third variationist wave, Style, Discourse genres
In different ways, variationist studies have resorted to Bakhtin Circle’s Writings, particularly the notion of discourse genres. This text aims to reflect on why discourse genres are relevant to variationist studies, especially for third wave studies, whose central issue is the notion of style. Through bibliographic research, we examine part of the literature of the third wave of variation (ECKERT, 2012, 2016, 2018; KIESLING, 2013; COUPLAND, 2007) and part of the literature of the Bakhtinian approach (BAKHTIN, 2011, 2014; MEDVIÉDEV, 2012; VOLOCHÍNOV, 2013), focusing on the notion of style, to (i) indicate some touch points between these approaches and to (ii) articulate them, in some other points, in order to contribute to the production of knowledge about the objective proposed here. The results of this reflection indicate that discourse genres are relevant to the interests of third wave studies because (i) linguistic style is a property of discourse genres; and (ii) an understanding of style requires an understanding of the constitution (social and formal) of the genres, with categories of analysis that interest to the third variationist wave being indicated in them.
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