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Discourse Studies – Ways and Crossroads

Insights into Cultural, Diachronic and Genre Issues in the Discipline

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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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Prof. dr hab. Anna Duszak (1950–2015)

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Professor Anna Duszak was… It is difficult to write about her in the past tense, remembering her exceptional energy, with which she undertook new research projects, and which she engaged in her daily scientific, teaching and managerial work at the Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw. Each research topic she analyzed, each lecture she delivered, and each idea which would contribute to the development of the Institute, she executed from the beginning to the end, not accepting any stopgap, understatement or improvisation. At the same time her strong belief in any endeavour undertaken motivated her colleagues to jointly achieve the intended goal.

One can simply write “she was the director of the Institute”, but this sentence sounds like a cliché. Whoever had the opportunity to meet Professor Duszak knows that in this case the word ‘director’ is a misnomer. A name for an organizational rank, a label of professional classification, it imposes a frame which defines the institutional hierarchy of positions. Yet I am sure that those who knew Professor Duszak would skip this official title, and say simply “she was the Institute”, with no hyperbole whatsoever.

Affiliated with the University of Warsaw throughout her entire academic career, Professor Duszak was a linguist of worldwide reputation. Initially a member of the Department of Modern Languages, she later became a founder and leading scholar at the Faculty of Applied Linguistics. It is at the University of Warsaw that she was awarded the successive degrees:...

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