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Professor Giuliana Diani

English Language

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia



Giuliana Diani is Associate Professor of English Language and Translation in the Department of Studies on Language and Culture at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy. She received her PhD in English linguistics from the University of Pisa, Italy, in 2004, and was Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Research in English, University of Birmingham, UK, in 2003. She was tenured Researcher of English Language and Translation at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia prior to taking up her current role in 2015.

Her undergraduate and postgraduate teaching has included courses in English for Academic Purposes, Corpus Linguistics, Pragmatics and Legal English at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. She has been supervisor of over 50 BA and MA dissertations since 2005, and has lectured at the University of Gloucestershire, UK, the University of Warsaw, Poland, and the University of Almería, Spain.

Her research interests lie in the areas of discourse analysis and corpus linguistics. She has worked and published on textual and pragmatic aspects of spoken and written discourse, with special reference to academic discourse in specific genres, disciplines and cultures through the analysis of small specialized corpora. Her recent work centres on the analysis of language use in knowledge dissemination across media.

Giuliana's recent publications include the books English for Academic Purposes: Approaches and Implications (Cambridge Scholars, 2015), co-edited with Paul Thompson; Reviewing Academic Research in the Disciplines: Insights into the Book Review Article in English (Officina Edizioni, 2012); and Academic Evaluation: Review Genres in University Settings (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), co-edited with Ken Hyland.

She also acts as referee for international journals in the field of English language studies, including the Journal of Pragmatics, English for Specific Purposes, the Journal of English for Academic PurposesESP Today, and Languages in Contrast, and editor for journals published by John Benjamins and Palgrave.