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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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The papers in this volume are selected contributions submitted by speakers at the international linguistic conference GlobE 2015, organized on 14th–16th May 2015, at the Institute of Applied Linguistics, University of Warsaw. In accordance with the title of the conference, East–West European Forum on Discourse, the presentations then delivered and the follow-up papers published in this collection represent major lines of research in the broadly understood Discourse Studies as undertaken at different academic centres Europe-wide and beyond. Despite the geopolitical dichotomy expressed verbatim in the title (which was intended to be thought-provoking rather than provocative), the conference has proved that there can be distinguished certain approaches, methods and topics of Discourse Analysis which attract scholars’ attention regardless of their specific academic, cultural etc. affiliations. On the other hand, diversity of the research topics addressed truly reflects the heterogeneity of Discourse Studies, which in turn has fully justified the sense of the ‘forum’ format, as the conference was meant to be.

Considering that the leitmotif of the 2015 edition of GlobE was “Past, present and future of discourse studies”, the speakers and contributors hereto were welcome to refer back to more distant, though by no means invalidated, theories, concepts and approaches in the field, and juxtapose them with the more recent and/or mainstream analytical models. On the other hand, we were looking forward to considerations on the possible directions which Discourse Studies may follow in the years to come. We are glad that such reflections...

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