Letters in a community organisation: a case of powerful literacy

Guilherme Rios


In this paper I examine discourse in five letters written by executive members of a resident's association in the city of Brasilia, by integrating Critical Discourse Analysis and the New Literacy Studies. These letters were part of a campaign from the association to prevent students of a nearby college from parking their car in the residential street, since the overload of parked cars made difficult the flow of vehicles. A case is made on the efficacy of the discursive and semiotic resources drawn on the letters to have community aims met.


Discourse; Literacy; Power; Community

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Revista Delta-Documentação e Estudos em Linguística Teórica e Aplicada ISSN 1678-460X