The attribution of genre tags: the graffiti case

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In the study of genres (Adam & Heidmann 2007, 9), generic categorisation and the criteria that support it are unavoidable questions. In the present paper – having as a starting point the need to elicit the generic designation of texts that express subjectivity, which are written on exterior walls and in other public environments – we propose the genre tag of personal graffiti. In order to support this methodological proposal, we follow the theoretical principles of the Sociodiscursive Interactionism framework (SDI) (Bronckart [1997] 1999, 2010, 2008), and we have made a qualitative survey of the social activities and socio-subjective parameters underlying the conditions of production of 20 European Portuguese texts. From this survey, we can see that the social framework of interaction, the social roles and the purposes of personal graffiti texts are different from those found in political graffiti texts. Besides this, we have conducted a comparative analysis of genre markers (Miranda 2010), to account for the characteristics that identify and differentiate texts. Based on this analysis, we can observe that the text plan presents voices and topics of personal graffiti texts are distinct from those of political graffiti texts. The different features of texts allows to delimit the genre and support the generic designation adopted.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGrammar and text
Subtitle of host publicationSelected papers from the 10th and 11th Linguistic Sharing Forum
EditorsMaria Antónia Coutinho, Ana Guilherme, Joana Teixeira, Beatriz Carvalho
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)978-1-5275-0568-1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2018
EventXI Fórum de Partilha Linguística - Lisboa - FCSH
Duration: 25 Nov 2016 → …


ConferenceXI Fórum de Partilha Linguística
Period25/11/16 → …


  • Socio-discursive Interactionism
  • Text genres
  • Genre markers
  • Genre tags
  • Graffiti


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