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Languaging in and across Communities: New Voices, New Identities

Studies in Honour of Giuseppina Cortese


Edited By Sandra Campagna, Elana Ochse, Virginia Pulcini and Martin Solly

The title of this volume intentionally echoes that of a landmark issue of Textus on «Languaging» in and across Human Groups, edited by Giuseppina Cortese and Dell Hymes in 2001, since the notion of ‘languaging’ seems to capture most effectively the essence and the continuity in the life and work of Giuseppina Cortese, to whom the book is dedicated. It brings together contributions by a number of distinguished scholars that shed new light on current developments in this dynamic area of discourse analysis, especially taking into account recent research and emerging insights on speech communities and communities of practice.
The sections in the volume are designed as main threads of a new investigation into ‘languaging’. The first, entitled Languaging Awareness, deals with recent findings in applied linguistics, exploring key topics in language acquisition, language learning and teaching and the changing role of the media. The second section, Languaging Identity, prioritizes the theme of the construction of identity in text and talk within a linguistic and languaging framework. The third section, Languaging Community, explores the notion of community, of the lifeworld and the textworld emanating from a variety of domains, closely inspecting contemporary events and showing, on a continuum with Cortese’s approach, how memory of the past gives depth of meaning to a discourse analysis that is geared to linguistic and textual awareness.


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Introduction: ‘Languaging’ Revisited (Elana Ochse)


Elana Ochse Introduction: ‘Languaging’ Revisited Tutor: What do you do? Student: I am a thief Tutor: Good. Very good. (Fay Prendergast 2001) 1. Languaging The keyword in the title of a 2001 landmark issue of Textus, the journal of the Associazione Italiana di Anglistica, ‘languaging’ seems to most effectively capture the essence and the continuity in the life of Giusep- pina Cortese as a scholar. The reading and reflection that came together in her workplan for the volume were greatly appreciated by her co-editor Dell Hymes, who insisted that she should write the Introduction and that her name should come first on the cover. This honour was reciprocated in the following year, when Hymes was awarded an honoris causa degree by the University of Turin: Cortese delivered the laudatio.1 Their coopera- tion (Hymes 2001) sprang from genuine consonance: a shared vocation for a linguistics that embraces the social without overlooking individual uniqueness, and a deeply felt propensity for an ‘inclusive’ linguistics, primarily concerned with marginalization, discrimination, exclusion and the rights of minorities. Cortese had investigated Afro-American literature, gender linguistics and, indeed, Native Americans, whose 1 Tribute to Professor Dell Hymes (Commonwealth Professor of Anthropology and of English, University of Virginia). Honorary degree awarded by the Fac- ulty of Scienze Politiche and by the University of Turin. The title of Hymes’ Lectio Magistralis was: “The Universality of Narrative Form”. L’Ateneo, Noti- ziario, Università di Torino, N. 26 (2003): 13–24. 14 Elana Ochse predicament was very much in the forefront of...

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