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Discourse and Contemporary Social Change

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Norman Fairclough, Guiseppina Cortese and Patrizia Ardizzone

This book draws together a rich variety of perspectives on discourse as a facet of contemporary social change, representing a number of different disciplines, theoretical positions and methods. The specific focus of the volume is on discourse as a moment of social change, which can be seen to involve objects of research which comprise versions of some or all of the following research questions: How and where did discourses (narratives) emerge and develop? How and where did they achieve hegemonic status? How and where and how extensively have they been recontextualized? How and where and to what extent have they been operationalized? The dialectical approach indicated above implies that discourse analysis includes analysis of relations between language (more broadly, semiosis) and its social ‘context’.

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Notes on Contributors PATRIZIA ARDIZZONE is Professor of English at the University of Palermo (Faculty of Political Science). Her current research is mainly concerned with discourse analysis, textual and genre analysis of spe- cialized discourse (in particular, the language of politics), bilingualism and translation. Her publications include The Role of Pronouns in Political Discourse (Sette Città 2004) and Retorica e Discorso Politico (Giappichelli 2005). She is currently Educational Advisor of the Fulbright Commission at the American Cultural Office in Palermo and Supervisor for TOEFL, GRE, GMAT on request of Educational Testing Service, Princeton US. GIUSEPPE BALIRANO holds a PhD in English for Special Purposes from the University of Naples Federico II. He is Researcher in English Linguistics at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’ where he is currently working on a two-year research-project in the field of contrastive pragmatics. His research interests are mainly in humour studies, contrastive pragmatics, discourse analysis and EFL/ESP across cultures. His most recent academic publications are on blended learning and TEFL perspectives, the holistic approach to ELT, humour in intercultural interaction and language and identity. PAUL BAYLEY is Professor of English Linguistics and teaches at the Faculty of Political Science of the University of Bologna. He has a long term interest in language in the institutions, and in particular language and politics. His work seeks to combine corpus linguistics methodology, through specialised corpora, with discourse analysis approaches informed by Systemic Functional Linguistics. He is editor of the volume Cross Cultural Perspectives on Parliamentary Dis- course, published...

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