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Genre Change in the Contemporary World

Short-term Diachronic Perspectives

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Giuliana Elena Garzone, Paola Catenaccio and Chiara Degano

This volume focuses on the evolution of genres in specialized communication under the pressure of technological innovations and the profound social changes triggered by globalization in the contemporary world, in a context where rapid and extensive changes in communicative practices, patterns and technologies have deeply affected the generic configuration of professional and disciplinary domains.
These developments call for a reconsideration of the repertoires of conventions traditionally identified in each specific genre as well as for a reassessment of the analytical tools used to investigate them, about three decades after the emergence of genre analysis.

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GIULIANA GARZONE / PAOLA CATENACCIO / CHIARA DEGANO - Introduction 9

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GIULIANA GARZONE / PAOLA CATENACCIO / CHIARA DEGANO Introduction Over the last few decades, rapid and extensive changes in communica- tive practices, patterns and technologies have deeply affected the ge- neric configuration of professional and disciplinary domains, bringing about novel scenarios which call for new theoretical and analytical approaches. If some existing genres have survived the global digital revolution relatively unscathed – although frequently in a re-mediated form – others have undergone drastic changes, and still others have declined, while new ones have emerged. These developments call for a reconsideration of the repertoires of conventions traditionally identi- fied in each specific genre as well as for a reassessment of the analyti- cal tools used to investigate them. The chapters of this volume focus on the evolution of genres in specialized communication under the pressure of technological inno- vations and the profound social changes triggered in the contemporary world by globalization. They also look at the possible implications of these evolutions for the methodology used in the analysis of special- ised genres and its updating about three decades after the emergence of genre analysis. The volume is opened by a chapter by GIULIANA GARZONE, which sets the stage for the following essays by providing an account of the forces and pressures underlying genre evolution. Her theory- informed discussion provides a backdrop against which to read the following chapters, which deal with specific aspects of genre evolu- tion in different domains. Garzone aims to identify and systematize the main factors that have contributed to...

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