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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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Marina Bondi is Full Professor of English Language and Translation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, where she is cur- rently Head of the Department of Language and Culture Studies and Director of an inter-university research centre – CLAVIER (Corpus and Language Variation in English Research). The main line of her research has been on language variation across genres, disciplines and cultures, with a focus on the argumentative features of academic discourse, meta-discourse, evaluative language and phraseology. She has recently co-edited (with Rosa Lorés Sanz) Abstracts in Academic Writing (2014) and (with Christopher Williams) Academic English across Cultures (2014). Her approach combines attention to discourse analysis and to corpus linguistics, focusing on the role of genre in language variation and on the importance of phraseology in language choice. Her recent work centres on the language of knowledge dissemination in profes- sional and academic communication. Hugo Bowles is Associate Professor of English Language at the Uni- versity of Rome, Tor Vergata. His research interests and publications cover many areas of applied linguistics using methods that include genre, discourse and narrative analysis and their applications to spe- cialized discourse, with an emphasis on legal and health communica- tion. He also has a strong interest in language education, particularly in relation to English for Specific Purposes and English as a Lingua Franca. In these areas he has co-edited Conversation Analysis and LSP (2007) and International Perspectives on Teaching English as a lingua franca (2015). His more recent work is in...

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