Discourse, Identities and Roles in Specialized Communication

by Giuliana Elena Garzone (Volume editor) James Archibald (Volume editor)
©2010 Edited Collection 419 Pages
Series: Linguistic Insights, Volume 125


The studies presented in this volume focus on two distinct but related areas of specialized communication professional and academic settings, resting on an anti-essentialist notion of identity as a phenomenon that emerges from the dialectic between individual and society.
The authors start from a detailed analysis of discourse practices as evidenced in texts, their production and the professional performance patterns which underlie such practices, and explore the way the actors, roles and identities are constructed in language and discourse. In particular, by highlighting discursive attitudes and aptitudes, they underscore the need to understand discourse in light of norms of professional responsibility, showing that not only do professionals and academics use discourse to create self-identity, but they also use identity constructed through discourse to influence society.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (March)
Fachsprache Wissenschaftssprache Diskursanalyse Aufsatzsammlung
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. 419 pp., num. ill., tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Giuliana Elena Garzone (Volume editor) James Archibald (Volume editor)

The Editors: Giuliana Garzone is Professor of English Linguistics and Translation at the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy. Her main research interests are in specialized discourse in its different domains, and in translation and interpreting studies. She has co-ordinated several research projects and published extensively on legal language, scientific discourse, business communication, political discourse and on translation and interpreting. In recent times her research has examined the impact of multimodality on professional communication, focusing on text types and genres embedded in the web-mediated environment. James Archibald teaches at McGill University, Montreal, where he chairs the Department of Translation Studies. He has also taught as an invited professor or research associate at the Centre de recherche des écoles de Coëtquidan Saint-Cyr (2004-2007), the Dipartimento di Lingue e culture contemporanee, Università degli Studi di Milano (2008), and the Centre des langues et de traduction, Université libanaise (2009 and 2010). A Chevalier in the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, he received the Francis W. Weeks Award of Merit from the Association for Business Communication in 2008. He is a member of the Office des professions du Québec.


Title: Discourse, Identities and Roles in Specialized Communication