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Space, Time and the Construction of Identity

Discursive Indexicality in Cultural, Institutional and Professional Fields

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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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Notes on Contributors GIUSEPPE BALIRANO, PhD in English for Special Purposes, is senior lecturer of English language and translation studies at the University of Naples ‘L’Orientale’. He is currently lecturing English linguistics in the MA courses in ‘Language and Intercultural communication in the Euromediterranean area’. His most recent research interests lie in the field of CDA in a multimodal perspective, humour in cross- cultural interaction and audiovisual translation. JANET BOWKER is a tenured researcher and Adjunct Professor in English Linguistics and Translation in the Faculty of Economics, ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome. Her research interests lie mainly in academic and professional discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, and socio-cognitive pragmatics. Her self-compiled specialised corpus of business discourse has investigated a variety of topics including the processes of description, evaluation and persuasion in internal and intercultural corporate discourse, and multimodality, genre and register in virtual professional ‘space’. Among her latest publications are ‘The language of numerical data and figures in internal company communications: the processes of subjectivization and relevance- making’, in International Journal of Applied Linguistics (2011) and ‘The creation of trust in intercultural business consulting encounters: global corporate practices in local contexts’ in Discourse and Trust: Perspectives from Text and Talk in Organizations, G. Jacobs, K. Pelsmaekers, C. Rollo (eds), Amsterdam: John Benjamins (forthcoming). GIUDITTA CALIENDO is Researcher and Adjunct Professor in English Linguistics and Translation at the University of Napoli ‘Federico II’, Italy. She has been a Fulbright Research Scholar at the EU Center of Excellence of the University of Washington, USA....

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