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Genre Change in the Contemporary World

Short-term Diachronic Perspectives


Edited By 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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Notes on Contributors MARINA BONDI is Professor of English Language and Translation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, where she is cur- rently Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy. She has pub- lished on various aspects of discourse analysis and EAP, with particu- lar reference to the argumentative features of academic discourse and the role of metadiscourse and evaluative language. Her recent work centres on language variation across genres, disciplines and cultures through the analysis of small specialized corpora, with an emphasis on the humanities and social sciences. On language variation in special- ized discourse she has published a number of articles and co-edited a number of volumes: most recently, Academic Discourse Across Disci- plines with Ken Hyland, Managing Interaction in Professional Dis- course: Intercultural and Interdiscoursal Perspectives with Julia Bamford and Keyness in Texts with Mike Scott. PAOLA CATENACCIO, is Associate Professor of English Linguistics and Translation at Università degli Studi di Milano. Her research in- terests span from second language acquisition to translation and dis- course analysis, particularly in the context of LSP research. Her most recent contributions focus on linguistic aspects of corporate communi- cation, especially corporate social responsibility. She has authored numerous articles which have appeared in international journals and edited collections. Some of her latest publications are: “Social and en- vironmental reports. A diachronic perspective on an emerging genre” (2011); “Green advertising and corporate CSR communication: hybrid discourses, mutant genres” (2011); Corporate Press Releases: An Overview (2008); “Press releases as...

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