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Languaging in and across Communities: New Voices, New Identities

Studies in Honour of Giuseppina Cortese


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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Vico and Joyce: Landscaping/Langscaping


1.   Vico and Joyce: cycles and ‘ciclometers’

In an interview with Heinrich Straumann, in answer to his question as to whether a knowledge of “place-names, historical events, literary happenings and personalities” would help in the reading of Finnegans Wake (henceforth FW), Joyce replied in the negative, stating that he was primarily concerned with language and with the way “linguistic phenomena […] affect one as such”. Yet, in the same interview, while acknowledging Vico’s influence on him, Joyce could also have intended to acknowledge the importance of the linguistic turn Vico had given to philosophy, linking it with his own.

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