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Discourse In and Through the Media

Recontextualizing and Reconceptualizing Expert Discourse

Editor(s): Marina Bondi, Silvia Cacchiani
Contributors: Judith Turnbull, Peter Schildhauer, Carmen Sancho Guinda, Cornelius Puschmann, Ilaria Moschini, Carmen Daniela Maier,

Book Description

This book is a result of the 2013 CLAVIER Conference held in Modena in November 2013, and includes a selection of the papers presented on that occasion. As the title suggests, this volume encourages cross-generic and cross-disciplinary investigations, in order to advocate integrated approaches to the study of media discourse regarding both theoretical background and practical applications.

Bringing together a wide range of case studies, the book fosters debate on a variety of aspects related to the representation of specialised discourse in and through the media, including, for example, voice and point of view, argumentative practices, knowledge construction, multimodality, the re-contextualization and re-conceptualization of knowledge, opinion formation and peer-to-peer communication, and popularization in and through traditional, digital and social media.

Taken together, the contributions to this volume provide extensive exemplification of the type of research currently being conducted on these issues. The variety of the questions posed and the wide array of methods used here therefore represent a substantial contribution to sharpening existing knowledge and furthering the ongoing debate among scholars in the field.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8254-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-8254-2
Date of Publication: 01/12/2015
Pages / Size: 350 / A5
Price: £52.99


Marina Bondi is Professor of English Language and Translation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. She has been publishing for over thirty years, and her range of interests is varied. Her descriptive research has focused mainly on textual and pragmatic aspects of academic genres, on the characteristics of argumentative texts and on the analytic potential in quantitative and qualitative terms of small specialized corpora. Her approach combines attention to discourse analysis and to corpus linguistics, focusing on the notion and role of genre in language variation and on the importance of phraseology in language choice.

Silvia Cacchiani is Researcher in English Language and Translation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. Her works have mainly dealt with semantic and pragmatic aspects of intensifiers, but she has also published in the areas of construction morphology, optimality theory, lexicology and lexicography, and testing. Her recent publications include “Standardised Language Testing: Contemporary Issues and Applications” (with Sian Morgan and Marc Silver) in Rivista Italiana di Linguistica Applicata (2012) and Understanding Written Practical Instructions: Studies in English and Italian Multiple Texts (2013).

Davide Mazzi is Research Fellow in English Language and Translation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. His research activities focus on discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and argumentation studies, with a particular concentration on legal, academic and news discourse. His recent publications include ““Our reading would lead to…”: Corpus Perspectives on Pragmatic Argumentation in US Supreme Court Judgments” in Journal of Argumentation in Context (2014) and “Semantic sequences and the pragmatics of medical research article writing” in Insights into Medical Communication (2015).