This study aimed at examining the discourse of the meeting minutes of a university preparatory department as the verbal record of a social institution. The focus is on the interaction of the academic staff members and understanding their relations as well as the general communicative characteristics of the academic community. Apart from the content of the written text, the linguistic formulations of the writer, patterns, phrases, repeated speech acts, and the way the author introduces the piece of written work are considered during the analysis process. The purpose of this article is to discover how language is used for communication in social written contexts. The structure of the communication system and communication components for the appropriate social interaction will be analyzed.
discourse, discourse analysis, meeting minutes