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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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Media Studies and Media Discourse(s) in English: One Term, Many Identities


1.   Aim and scope of the study

The term Media was born relatively recently out of the context of press journalism and advertising, and has increasingly widened its scope over the last few decades, particularly due to technological advancements. Hence, Media Studies is now an eclectic research field that at a close look touches virtually all branches of knowledge, often thanks to virtuoso displays of subject intersections. Among its subfields, studies on Media Discourse seem to suffer particularly as a result of this conflation of research trends and all too often the terms ‘Media Discourse’, ‘Discourse in the Media’, ‘Media Talk’, ‘Media Language’, ‘Language of the Media’ – to mention only a few – have been treated as if they were synonymous.

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