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Giovanni Garofalo

University of Bergamo
Dipartimento di Lingue, Letterature Straniere e Comunicazione
Lingua Spagnola

Piazza Rosate, 2 –ufficio 208

24127 Bergamo

tel *39 035 2052 728

e.mail: giovanni.garofalo@unibg.it


Giovanni Garofalo is Associate Professor of Spanish Language and Translation at the Department of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the University of Bergamo. His research activity mainly focuses on written and oral communication in judicial settings, with a particular emphasis on the study of discourse genres used in Spanish and Italian criminal practices and on the relationship between language and power during verbal interaction in criminal courts. Moreover, he studies specialized discourse, namely the argumentative strategies used in political, medical and tourist communication, as well as the rhetorical-pragmatic processes which guarantee the persuasion of the audience and the discoursive creation of the enounciator’s ethos. He has also investigated the terminologization and lexicalization processes involved in the judicial field from a socio-pragmatic perspective, highlighting the relationship between ideology and definition in Spanish legal dictionaries. Among his publications figure two books (Géneros discursivos de la justicia penal, Milano: FrancoAngeli 2009; La Ley Orgánica 4/2000 de Extranjería, Padova: Unipress 2003) and several articles on textual, terminological, argumentative and pragmatic features of specialized communication. He is a member of CERLIS (Research Centre on Languages for Specific Purposes) of the University of Bergamo and a member of the Asociaciòn de Lingüística del Discurso.