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Discourse, Identities and Roles in Specialized Communication

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Giuliana Elena Garzone and James Archibald

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.

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JAMES ARCHIBALD Foreword: Discursive Responsibility in Professional Communication .... 9 GIULIANA GARZONE Actors, Identities and Roles in Professional and Academic Discourse: An Introduction ................ 15 Professional Settings SRIKANT SARANGI Reconfiguring Self/Identity/Status/Role: The Case of Professional Role Performance in Healthcare Encounters ............. 33 JAMES ARCHIBALD Sex and Textness: Do Men and Women Write and Rewrite the Same Way? ................................................................................... 59 COSTANZA CUCCHI Vague Expressions in the European Parliament: A Marker of Cultural Identity? ........................................................... 85 CINZIA SPINZI / ELIANA TERMINIELLO “It’s up to all of us”: Social Identity in the Language of Public Warnings ........................................................................... 109 PAOLA EVANGELISTI ALLORI Content as Indicator of Genre Identity. Key Concepts in Sports-related Arbitral Awards ............................ 139 ALESSANDRA FAZIO / MICHELA MENGHINI Professional Identity in Sports-Related Discourse: A Study on the Modelling of a Dynamic Conceptual Structure ...... 163 BETTINA MOTTURA Chinese Civil Servants and the Creation of a Discourse Community to Promote Social Change .................... 191 GIULIANA GARZONE / MAURIZIO CATINO / GIAMPIETRO GOBO/ MIRIAM BAIT / PAOLA CATENACCIO / CHIARA DEGANO / SIMONE ROZZI Towards an Integrated Model for the Understanding of Communication Failures in Aviation Accidents: Tenuous Identities under Pressure .................................................... 209 WILLIAM BROMWICH Representation of Self and Other in Everyday Life: The Language of Disability in the Handcycle Corpus ...................... 245 Academic Settings KJERSTI FLØTTUM Linguistically Marked Cultural Identity in Research Articles .......... 267 DAVIDE SIMONE GIANNONI Metaphoric Values and Disciplinary Identity in English Research Articles ............................................................. 281 MICHELE SALA Interrogative Forms as Professional Identity Markers in Legal Research Articles ................................................................ 301 ULISSE BELOTTI Manifestations of Identity in Research Articles: The Case of Italian...

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