Pragmatic Issues in Specialized Communicative Contexts


Pragmatic Issues in Specialized Communicative Contexts, edited by Francesca Bianchi and Sara Gesuato, illustrates how interactants systematically and effectively employ micro and macro linguistic resources and textual strategies to engage in communicative practices in such specific contexts as healthcare services, TV interpreting, film dialogue, TED talks, archaeology academic communication, student-teacher communication, and multilingual classrooms. Each contribution presents a pedagogical slant, reporting on or suggesting didactic approaches to, or applications of, pragmatic aspects of communication in SL, FL and LSP learning contexts. The topics covered and the issues addressed are all directly relevant to applied pragmatics, that is, pragmatically oriented linguistic analysis that accounts for interpersonal-transactional issues in real-life situated communication.

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Sara Gesuato, Ph.D. (1999), is associate professor of English language at the University of Padua, Italy. Her research interests include pragmatics, discourse analysis and corpus linguistics. She has investigated expressive speech acts, academic genres and catenative verb constructions.

Francesca Bianchi, Ph.D. (2012), Lancaster University, is lecturer of English language and translation at the University of Salento, Italy. Her research interests include corpus linguistics and audiovisual translation. She has recently published a volume titled “Culture, corpora and semantics”.

Part One:
Handling multiple communicative goals in interpreting settings

1. Pragma-argumentative analysis of source texts in interpreter training. Switching on the light in the ‘pragmatic dark’
Emanuele Brambilla
2. Meanings and forms of intercultural coordination: the pragmatics of interpreter-mediated healthcare communication
Federico Farini
3. The interpreter’s role in dialogue interpreting on television: A training method
Eugenia Dal Fovo

Part Two:
Interactional strategies in scholarly contexts

4. The pragmatics of spoken academic discourse in the framework of TED talks: a case study
Antonio Compagnone
5. Pedagogical implications of evaluation in academic domains: praise and criticism in archaeology book reviews
Daniela Cesiri
6. Academic email requests: A pragmalinguistic and sociopragmatic comparison between faculty and students
Phoenix Lam

Part Three:
Functional and phraseological patterns in scripted conversation

7. Teaching compliments and insults in the EFL classroom through film clips
Silvia Bruti
8. The Cognitive and Sociopragmatic Interfaces of Intercultural Humor: Watching Roberto Benigni’s movies in Japan
Chiara Zamborlin

Part Four:
Context-informed pedagogy in the classroom

9. Exploring textual pragmatic markers in a multilingual classroom context: insights for teaching pragmatics
Sofía Martín-Laguna
10. Small Research Projects about Social and Regional Variation for Advanced University Students of English in Sweden: Their Purpose and Content
Thorsten Schröter
Researchers, practitioners, lecturers and teachers in pragmatics inter-cultural communication, specialized languages, foreign languages, or interpreting; interpreters, linguistic and cultural mediators, applied linguists, and graduate students in applied linguistics.