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Title: Discourses, Communities, and Global Englishes
Edited By: Roberto Cagliero
Jennifer Jenkins
Series Title: Linguistic Insights - Volume 94
Description:

The issue of English and its global versions has a lot to do with
globalization at large as the most invasive factor currently shaping the
way we live, produce cultural artifacts, and communicate across linguistic
and political borders. The distinction between correct and incorrect usage
being to some extent irrelevant within a global context, this volume looks
at Global English in relation to global media, both traditional and
electronic (magazines, websites, and news distribution). It then addresses
the issue from the point of view of language teaching, academic discourse
and world music. The final section is concerned with the role of English
within communities of professionals (marketing, accounting, psychoanalysis)
in an international context.

The volume includes essays from scholars who adopt different viewpoints,
ranging from corpus linguistics to lexicology, sociolinguistics, and
translation studies.

Contents: Roberto Cagliero/Jennifer Jenkins: Introduction - Anna
Belladelli: Cosmopolitan Italia and Global Slang - Luisa Caiazzo: The
'promotional' English(es) of University Websites - M. Cristina Caimotto:
Global Distribution of Secondary News: A Case Study - Richard W. Hallett:
'Information They Cannot Find Elsewhere': Ideology in Voice of America's
Special English - Jennifer Jenkins: ELF Still at the Gate: Attitudes
towards English as a Lingua Franca - Laurie Anderson: Standards of
Acceptability in English as an Academic Lingua Franca: Evidence from a
Corpus of Peer-reviewed Working Papers by International Scholars - Linda
Manney: Popular World Music and World English: Multiple Traditions in New
Locations - Lucia Abbamonte: ELF as the Medium in the Psychoanalytic
Discourse Community: Science and International Dissemination - Roxana
Ciolaneanu: The Role of English in the Romanian Terminology of Marketing -
Lise Mourier: Mapping Global English Accounting Terminology in a
Multifunctional Electronic Dictionary: A Contribution to Standardising
Global English within a Specific Domain?

Roberto Cagliero is Associate Professor of English and Translation at the
University of Verona, Italy. He has published one volume and several essays
in the field of Translation Studies. He is the compiler of a dictionary of
American slang, English into Italian.

Jennifer Jenkins is Chair of Global Englishes and Director of the Centre
for Global Englishes at the University of Southampton. She has published
several books and essays on World Englishes in general, and English as a
Lingua Franca in particular.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Linguistic Theories
Sociolinguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034300124
Pages: 240
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