Drafting the Discourse Structures of the Graduate School Academic Colloquium
Keywords:Discourse Analysis, semantic macrostructure, schematic superstructure, academic colloquium
Using the data transcriptions from the communicative events obtained from four participating universities, 33 graduate students, and 26 panel of experts, this paper examines several colloquium events in the Philippines to identify any existing “global” structure of discourse categorized into semantic and schematic superstructures (van Dijk, 1980). Results show that the semantic macrostructure of a colloquium is reflective of its collective goal, and that the participants focus on the improvement of graduate students’ paper. In addition, the discourse of the colloquium has a stable schematic superstructure that is always followed in realizing the collaborative end of the colloquium. Each phase consists of both obligatory and optional features that define/reflect the institution’s identity and practice. Understanding these structures may help candidates of graduate school degrees surpass the challenging task of writing theses and dissertations with an advantage.
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