Discussion Questions



Byreading the article authored by Cynthia Gordon and Melissa Luke,different questions relating to linguistics can be asked. The aim ofthis paper is to formulate five discussion questions that can beformulated from the article.

Oneof the questions that can be asked concerns the use ofcomputer-mediated discourse analysis. The article points out that inan attempt to better comprehend how professional identities becomelinguistically cultivated in an online supervisory communicationcomputer-mediated discourse was used (Gordon &amp Luke, 2015). Wasthe use of computer-mediated discourse analysis effective in theunderstanding of the professional identities?

Thesecond question that can be asked from reading the article concernsthe use of “we”. The article claims that the use of “we” canoffer linguistic means of developing identities and relationships andthe uses of this pronoun are important ad interesting inexpert-novice exchanges (Gordon &amp Luke, 2015). The question hereis whether this pronoun can be used in providing linguistic means ofdeveloping identities and relationships in expert-novice exchanges.

Thearticle also provides that there are two types of “we” which canbe utilized differently by interns and supervisors. Here, the articlepoints out that there is ‘exclusive we’ that is chiefly used byinterns while the ‘professional we’ is used by supervisors(Gordon &amp Luke, 2015). The question here is whether there shouldbe a difference in the use of pronoun “we” based on professionalexperience.

Thefourth question concerns the use of “we” in social life. Thearticle suggests that the use of pronouns matter in social life. Isthis the case in linguistic context?

Thearticle further claims that the pronoun “we” is indexical andthus ambiguous on its own. The question here is whether the use ofthe pronoun “we” is ambiguous on its own.


Gordon,C. &amp Luke, M. (2015). “We Are in the Room to Serve OurClients”: We and Professional Identity Socialization in E-MailSupervision of Counselors-in-Training. Journalof Language and Social Psychology,pp 1-20.