Discourse and Identity in the Professions

Legal, Corporate and Institutional Citizenship

by Vijay K. Bhatia (Volume editor) Paola Evangelisti Allori (Volume editor)
©2012 Conference proceedings 352 Pages
Series: Linguistic Insights, Volume 149


Professional identities are not only constructed through discourse, but can also be studied and analysed through discourse and communication behaviour, which is probably the most powerful resource available for the understanding of their nature and function. The present volume investigates the ways in which the discourses produced in a variety of professional contexts, especially in business, legal and institutional spheres of action, shape and manifest professional identities.
The focus of the studies in this collection is on whether, and to what extent, the in-group identity of a given professional community and the norms elaborated by it affect the communicative behaviour of the individual participant or whether, and to what extent, the professional communication is also affected by the participant’s specific objectives in the performance of that professional practice.
Most of the studies reported here employ discourse and genre analytical and corpus linguistics tools to highlight the ways and means by which discourses contribute to the analysis of typical identity traits of various professional communities to provide some account of the way members of these professional communities strategically manipulate linguistic resources to achieve their professional objectives.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2012 (January)
Applied Linguistics European Law Italian Education in B & M Europe in general
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 352 pp., num. tables

Biographical notes

Vijay K. Bhatia (Volume editor) Paola Evangelisti Allori (Volume editor)

Vijay Bhatia has retired as Professor in the Department of English at the City University of Hong Kong. He is well known for his studies on Genre Analysis of academic and professional discourses and is widely published internationally. Paola Evangelisti Allori is Professor of English at the Italian University for Sport and Human Movement (IUSM), Roma, Italy. She specializes in comparative Genre and Discourse analysis in various disciplinary and professional fields of action.


Title: Discourse and Identity in the Professions