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From International to Local English – And Back Again

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Roberta Facchinetti, David Crystal and Barbara Seidlhofer

All languages encode aspects of culture and every culture has its own specificities to be proud of and to be transmitted. The papers in this book explore aspects of this relationship between language and culture, considering issues related to the processes of internationalization and localization of the English language. The volume is divided into two sections, complementing each other; the first one (Localizing English) focuses on the significance of ethnic knowledge, local culture, and tradition wherever English is used. The second one (Internationalizing English) deals with the degrees and patterns of internationalization of English deriving from its contact with diverse cultures and its adaptation to different professional settings and communicative purposes.

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265 Notes on contributors ELISABETTA ADAMI has a PhD in English Studies at the University of Verona, where she works as research associate at the Department of Psychology and Cultural Anthropology with a funded project on ‘Eng- lish and the media’. Her publications include ‘Intersubjective Pat- terns of English Modalised Mental State Verbs’ (2008), co-authored with R. Facchinetti, English Text Construction 1/2; ‘Blogs: Life Writ- ing on the Net’ (2008), in A. Righetti (ed.) The Protean Forms of Life Writing (Napoli, Liguori); ‘To each reader his, their or her own pro- noun’ (2009), in Antoinette Renouf / Andrew Kehoe (eds) Corpus Linguistics: Refinements and Reassessments (Amsterdam, Rodopi). CRISTIANA CHIARINI is a PhD student at the Department of English, German, and Slavic Studies of the University of Verona, Italy. Her areas of interest include English in Israel, English as a Lingua Franca, Language, Media and Identity, Intercultural communication, Culture in ESP and ELT, and Italian L2/SL. She has presented papers at inter- national conferences in Italy and abroad and has recently been ap- pointed Visiting Scholar by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Is- rael). Recent publications include articles dealing with intercultural pragmatics, English teaching, language and identity in Israel, culture and second language acquisition. DAVID CRYSTAL is a writer, broadcaster, lecturer and editor. He is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Bangor, re- ceived an OBE in 1995 for his services to the study of the English language, and was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 2000....

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