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Space, Time and the Construction of Identity

Discursive Indexicality in Cultural, Institutional and Professional Fields

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Edited By Rita Salvi and Janet Bowker

Given the consolidated position of English as the international language for communication in business and management, as well as in institutional contexts, this book depicts a wide panorama of encounters where identity, image and reputation are a key focus in creating effective interactions. The main theme of the work is how temporal and spatial meaning representations in language reflect and, in turn, construct these personal, professional and corporate identities. From each chapter different sociolinguistic realities emerge which affect English, as it is used by both native and non-native speakers, especially in the relationship between local or national cultures and the global professional discourse community.
In this context not only have domain-specific language features been analysed, but also the communication strategies and interactive patterns at work in how different geo-political cultures construe, manifest and adjust their identities over the course of time and in varying physical, virtual, and cognitive spaces.

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RITA SALVI / JANET BOWKER Preface .................................................................................................. 7 MARINA BONDI Introduction ......................................................................................... 9 Part 1: Institutional and Cultural Discourse RITA SALVI Space and Time in the Construction of Identity in Institutional Discourse ............................................................................................ 21 GIULIANA DIANI The Construction of Academic Identity in English and Italian University Lectures ............................................................................ 47 GIUDITTA CALIENDO Ago, ergo Sum: New Ideological Perspectives in the Discursive Construal of Institutional Identity....................................................... 65 CHIARA PROSPERI PORTA ‘Unity in Diversity’: The Shaping of Identities in the Annual Reports of the ECB and EU Member States’ Central Banks ........................... 91 LAURA FERRAROTTI Promoting Identity in Italian University Websites ........................... 119 GIUSEPPE BALIRANO / MARIA CRISTINA NISCO Identity and the Linguistic Construction of Space and Place in Diasporic Films: the DesiCorpus ................................................. 141 Part 2: Corporate and Organizational Discourse JANET BOWKER Multimodal, Virtual Professional Space: “Unboundedness” and “Grounding” in Corporate Webcasting Events .......................... 163 CHRISTINA SAMSON Lexical/Phraseological Representations of Identity: Corporate Performance and Risk Reviews ........................................................ 191 ERSILIA INCELLI Managing Reputation through the Discursive Reconstruction of Corporate Identity: A Phraseological Approach .............................. 215 DONATELLA MALAVASI ‘Made in Italy’: Local and Global Distinctive Traits ....................... 245 GILLIAN MANSFIELD / FRANCA POPPI Selling Who We Are and /or What Our Product Is: Self-presentational Strategies in Italian Company Websites and Product Promotion ..................................................................... 267 JUDITH TURNBULL Building, Enhancing and Defending Reputation in a Corporate Website ............................................................................ 293 Notes on Contributors ....................................................................... 319

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