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Rhetoric, Discourse and Knowledge


Edited By Maria Załęska and Urszula Okulska

The authors of this volume explore rhetorical and discursive strategies used to negotiate and establish legitimate knowledge and its disciplinary boundaries, to make scientific knowledge interesting outside academic settings as well, and to manage (c)overt knowledge in different social and political contexts. The volume focuses on the cultural concept of knowledge society, examining diverse linguistic means of knowledge transmission from the perspective of the complex interplay between knowledge and persuasion. The contributors discuss both sociological and philosophical issues, as well as textual processes in different genres that aim to communicate knowledge.

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Paul Danler is professor of Romance linguistics at the department of Romance philology at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). He has also a degree in English/US-American literature and in political science. His main fields of research are cognitive linguistics, linguistic discourse analysis, rhetoric and argumentation. For more information see:

Maria Freddi is Associate Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Pavia, Italy, where she teaches courses in Writing for Engineering, Reading Skills in the Humanities, English grammar, and Corpus Linguistics. Her research has focused on scientific and academic discourse drawing from grammar, rhetoric, genre analysis and corpus linguistics (see the 2013 co-edited special issue of the European Journal of English Studies on the rhetoric of science, and the contribution on EAP syllabus design, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015). Recently she has held a visiting fellowship at the University of Cambridge, researching discourse and the divide between the sciences and the humanities.

Alina Ganea (Dunărea de Jos University of Galaţi, Romania) is Professor of French linguistics in the French Department of the Faculty of Letters. Her main research interest is discourse analysis, with special focus on the investigation of rhetorical and argumentative strategies in discourse. Her publications include research on the construction of rhetorical ethos and the use of emotional appeals in discourse. Her analyses are mainly conducted on promotional, political and scientific discourse, as well as on press discourse. More information at: E-mail address:

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