Studies in Honour of Giuseppina Cortese
Edited By Sandra Campagna, Elana Ochse, Virginia Pulcini and Martin Solly
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.
Section 2: Languaging Identity
Philip Riley How Do They Get Away With It? Identity Construction, ‘The Imposter’ and the Psychology of Consumer Detriment 1. Introduction One morning not so long ago, I went into my office at the university and as usual switched on my computer to check on my emails. At the time, we were all being inundated by vast amounts of spam and I was neither surprised nor delighted to learn that I was the winner of no less than three different national lotteries, that two and a half million dollars were awaiting me in a Nigerian bank, and that a beautiful young Russian lady had fallen in love with my photograph on the university website and only needed the price of an air ticket to come winging her way towards me to administer to my every need. I was sick and tired of these mes- sages, so I turned towards our secretary and asked her, “What kind of fool do they think I am? How do they get away with it? Who on earth believes these things?” Without taking her eyes from her own screen, she replied in a tense, tired voice, “My mother.” Naturally, this led to quite a lengthy discussion, during which we touched on many of the basic issues such cases raise: gullibility, self-presentation, fraudulent techniques and schemes, the successful adoption of a false persona, strategies of persuasion, entrapment and compliance, altercasting (the ability to convincingly play roles that position one’s interlocutor in a complementary role that can...
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