A discourse is that kind of social bond which we will call an agreement, if you like.
The least one can say is that everything that is built up between these animals known as humans is constructed, manufactured, and founded on language. [...] We cannot fail to observe that the thing which holds human beings together [...] is something related to language. I call discourse that ‘something.’ [Discourse is that something] which within language fixes, crystallizes, and uses the resources of language.
Lacan, Jacques. Jacques Lacan Parle. Dir. Françoise Wolff. 1972.
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