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Academic Identity Traits

A Corpus-Based Investigation


Edited By Maurizio Gotti

This volume investigates identity traits in academic discourse. Its main purpose is to better understand how and to what extent language forms and functions are adapting to the globalisation of academic discourse. Key factors of verbal behaviour such as the affiliation of actors to one or more cultures have been found to interact, producing transversal identities that are independent of local traits, with a tendency to merge and hybridise in an intercultural sense. The volume consists of three main parts: The first deals with identity traits across languages and cultures, as the use of a given language affects the writing of a scholar, especially when it is not his/her native language. The second comprises investigations of identity features characterising specific disciplinary communities or marking a differentiation from other branches of knowledge. The third part of the volume deals with identity aspects emerging from genre and gender variation.


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Notes on Contributors ULISSE BELOTTI is a tenured researcher in English Language and Translation at the University of Bergamo (Italy) where he teaches English for Business and Law studies at both undergraduate and post- graduate level. His research interests concern word-formation in IT language, genre analysis, business and legal discourse. His recent work centres on the genre characteristics of business- and law-related documents through the analysis of specialized corpora. His publica- tions are mostly in the areas of specialised discourse, particularly legal (arbitration) and business communication. He is currently researching genre and conversation analysis in the domains of arbitration and business-related subjects. LARISSA D’ANGELO is a research fellow and English lecturer at the University of Bergamo. After graduating in Foreign Languages and Literatures, she specialized in the USA (Youngstown State Universi- ty) obtaining an MA, a TESOL Certificate and a Certificate in Chil- dren’s and Young Adult Literature. She is currently a PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics at the University of Reading (UK). Her main research interests deal with synchronic/diachronic analyses of gender and identity variation in academic discourse as well as multimedia genres employed in the academic field. As an active member of CER- LIS, the Research Centre on Languages for Specific Purposes of the University of Bergamo, she has been involved in national and inter- national research projects on academic language and legal discourse. DAVIDE S. GIANNONI is Associate Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Bergamo, whose Centre for LSP Re- search () he helped...

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