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Languaging in and across Communities: New Voices, New Identities

Studies in Honour of Giuseppina Cortese

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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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I have known Professor Emerita Giuseppina (Pina) Cortese for the last seven years, and have felt the opportunity of jointly working with her, across the national frontiers of Europe, as a great privilege. She used to be the Italian representative on the Board of the European Society for the Study of English (ESSE) when I chaired it, and a very active representative she was indeed! But I also wish to evoke two particular occasions when I had the opportunity to work together with her: the first one was the organization of the 10th Conference of ESSE, which was held at her University, in Turin, in August 2010. The second opportunity I had to collaborate with Professor Cortese was the ambitious exercise of evaluation of research in English Studies, which both of us coordinated for the Italian agency ANVUR (Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del Sistema Universitario e della Ricerca) in 2012–2013.

I must say that, although my field of specialization in English Studies is not the same as Pina’s, I have always felt impressed by the high level of commitment and seriousness of her work, as well as by the multiplicity of perspectives and approaches she uses in her research. The editors and colleagues who have contributed to this volume clearly demonstrate the richness of that multiplicity through their interactions with Professor Cortese’s own research. In the pages of this book, and thanks to her colleagues, the reader will be able to appreciate how extensive her...

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