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Discourse Studies – Ways and Crossroads

Insights into Cultural, Diachronic and Genre Issues in the Discipline


Edited By Karolina Bros and Grzegorz Kowalski

The volume brings together papers emerging from the GlobE conference (University of Warsaw). The authors explore major topics in Discourse Studies, offering insights into the field’s theoretical foundations and discussing the results of its empirical applications. The book integrates different lines of research in Discourse Studies as undertaken at academic centres Europe-wide and beyond. In this diversity, the editors identify certain dominant lines of study, including (new) media discourse, political discourse in the age of social/digital media, or professional discourse in globalized workplace contexts. At the same time, the volume shows that Discourse Studies not only investigate emerging language phenomena, but also critically reassess research issues formerly addressed.

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Language use in cultural contexts: Towards an integrative view of academic writer identity (Iga Maria Lehman)


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Iga Maria Lehman

University of Social Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Language use in cultural contexts: Towards an integrative view of academic writer identity

Abstract: My approach to writer identity is based on the premise that the concept of the self consists of two fundamental self-representations: the individual (personal) self and the collective (social) self, which are in a constant state of flux, interacting with each other in many complex ways. Although there is a general consensus that these two parts of identity are social, there is, however, significantly less agreement on the nature of the interactions between them. My purpose in this paper is to outline a framework to investigate identity as constituted in academic texts with reference to the theory and practice of linguistic anthropology.

1. Introduction

Since the last decade of the 20th century the relationship between language and culture has been to a large extent the subject of research of such subfields of linguistics as linguistic anthropology (Duranti, 1997, 2009), sociolinguistics (Hymes, 1974; Gee 1990, 2012; Kramsch, 2002), intercultural and translation studies (Baker, 2006; House, 2009) as well as second language acquisition (SLA) and foreign language teaching (Freeman, 2004; Lantolf & Thorne, 2006; Atkinson, 2011). Intensive studies of the language/culture relationship have focused on the following areas of research: (1) how cultural differences are constituted and manifested through various forms of language use, with a particular emphasis on discourse practices (Hinds, 1987; Duszak, 1994, 1997;...

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