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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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In memoriam prof. dr hab. Anna Duszak

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When Professor Duszak came to Torino for our 2004 international conference on Identity, Community, Discourse: English in Intercultural Settings, I met her at the airport. There was a moment of panic when we could not find her briefcase with her laptop and lecture notes. She went pale. We were lucky to find everything, and as we drove into town she managed to relax and said to me: “Thanks for looking after me. You are my guardian angel!” I was really moved by her personal comment, since we had never met before.

prof. Sandra Campagna, University of Turin

During that Conference, I was driving Anna for a bit of sightseeing around Torino and we stopped somewhere. The hub cap of one of my rear wheels had come off and was lying on the sidewalk. I would never have noticed, but Anna saw it immediately. That was Anna Duszak: with all her depth and intellectual concerns, she would not lose sight of practical details. I saved years of correspondence on my computer – our respective mothers passing away, prospects for holidays that never materialized, work projects, worries over the university climate, our own writing, friends. Enjoying travel, conferencing, good food and wine and conversation, her pleasure in taking care of her rose garden when winter would finally make room for the gentle sweetness of spring. And our fears and hopes through illness, her genuine surprise in realising how we all cared, how many people cared for her...

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