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.
Reconciling Tradition and Innovation: Languaging in Professional Communities of Practice
This chapter focuses on an important issue in the study of professional discourse: the dilemma of how to reconcile the need to follow the traditional canons alongside that of keeping pace with innovation. Professional communities tend to be conservative in their language choice, while new inventions, discoveries and breakthroughs often require new language use. Scientists, for example, break new ground in their studies and their scientific discoveries might need to be expressed in innovative language. As Beer (2009) has pointed out, Charles Darwin did not invent laws, he described them. Similarly, medical and legal professionals constantly need to face new situations in their fields and make careful use of language in the descriptions of their case studies. Although this dilemma between tradition and innovation is not new, it seems particularly relevant at the moment, given the current processes of globalization and the sociolinguistics of mobility (Blommaert 2010), alongside the unprecedented scale and speed of information transfer due to the impact of the new technological affordances.
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