Exploring discourse practices in American wedding invitations

Zohreh R. Eslami, Angelica Ribeiro, Marianne Snow, Anna Wharton

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The paper looks into discourse practices in American wedding invitations, identifying possible trends and patterns. Using predominantly genre analysis (Swales 2008) and Critical Discourse Analysis (Fairclaugh 1985), the paper analyses a corpus of American wedding invitations collected between 2002-2013, identifying their discoursal characteristics, frequency of occurrence, and their communicative purpose. It is concluded that further studies are needed to provide researchers with a more insightful view of the impact of religion and traditions on discursive patterns of different speech events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-151
Number of pages17
JournalLodz Papers in Pragmatics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016


  • American weddings
  • commissive-directive speech act
  • discourse practices
  • wedding culture
  • wedding invitations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Communication
  • Linguistics and Language

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