colloquial discourse

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As members in the classroom discussion, the subjects are aware of their roles as students learning English and doing academic discussion, and thus they tend to avoid using informal and colloquial discourse markers (e.g.
Thus, propositions such as the following are easily understood and appreciated in colloquial discourse: 'The happiest day of my life was when I graduated from university with distinction after overcoming a severe illness;' or, 'I felt so happy when my team won the final.' The intriguing question in all this is: what exactly are the sensate states of individuals when they proclaim that they are happy at the occurrence of some event, or when they claim that they are happy because they have attained a certain level of intense and great satisfaction?
There may be readers who win be ill at ease with Clark's sometime colloquial discourse and pointed aside: Roman games as the equivalent of `snuff movies', fourth-century ascetics as `networking', Augustine as being `thirtysomething', the heiress Melania as owning `multinational holdings'.