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MINISTERO DELL'ISTRUZIONE, DELL'UNIVERSITÀ E DELLA RICERCA

DIPARTIMENTO PER L'UNIVERSITÀ, L'ALTA FORMAZIONE ARTISTICA, MUSICALE E COREUTICA E PER LA RICERCA SCIENTIFICA E TECNOLOGICA

PROGRAMMI DI RICERCA SCIENTIFICA DI RILEVANTE INTERESSE NAZIONALE

RICHIESTA DI COFINANZIAMENTO (DM n. 287 del 23 febbraio 2005)

PROGRAMMA DI RICERCA - MODELLO A

Anno 2005 - prot. 2005109911

 

Title of the Research Project

Identity and Culture in English Domain-Specific Discourse

 

Objectives of the Research Project

Our investigation focusses on the specific textual, semantic and pragmatic features of domain-specific English discourse in settings where local or disciplinary cultural identities are altered, integrated or redefined by international - hence intercultural - communication. Within such domains, the project seeks to assess to what extent the cultural allegiance of (native or non-native) Anglophone discourse communities to their (linguistic, professional, social, national) reference group is affected by the use of English a lingua franca of international communication. In particular our project seeks to assess:

a) the patterns of English use within such communities and the potential interference of non-Anglophone identities in their membership;

b) how language reflects conflicting cultural/professional values whose conciliation allows the construction of new identity traits;

c) to what extent the textual-rhetorical norms of the communities involved favour/hinder the encoding of specialised content in ELF (English as Lingua Franca) settings.

This common research framework is applied by each unit to the domain chosen for analysis, within the boundaries and perspectives clearly associated to a specific field of discourse - i.e. legal, academic, institutional, socio-political and of business and economics. Globally, the comparative/contrastive analyses conducted by our five units centre therefore on a comparison between common phenomena within similar textual categories but also on texts which differ as to their origin, content, genre and setting.

 

 

Scientific Coordinator of the Research Project

GOTTI MAURIZIO

Università degli Studi di BERGAMO

Facoltà di LINGUE e LETTERATURE STRANIERE

Dipartimento di LINGUE, LETTERATURE E CULTURE COMPARATE

m.gotti@unibg.it

 

 

Units of Research:

Unit I: BERGAMO, Prof. Maurizio Gotti

Unit II: TORINO, Prof. Giuseppina Cortese

Unit III: NAPOLI, Prof. Gabriella Di Martino

Unit IV: ROMA IUSM, Prof. Paola Evangelisti Allori

Unit V: MILANO, Prof. Giuliana Elena Garzone

 

 

Project results:

Linguistic Insights Vol. 18

Linguistic Insights Vol. 33

Linguistic Insights Vol. 80