Marina Bondi

Marina Bondi
Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia | UNIMO · Department of Studies on Language and Culture

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The paper focuses on variation across institutional and individual scientific blogs, i.e., blogs that are managed by journals, magazines or associations involved in the dissemination of scientific information and blogs that are managed by individual researchers. Using comparable corpora of posts from different scientific disciplines, look in partic...
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This introductory article to the special issue provides a brief theoretical introduction to pragmatic research on the communication and dissemination of domain-specific knowledge across new media, discussing some of the central problems, such as the impact of digital technologies on understanding and learning, the changes in the participation frame...
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E-health technologies improve healthcare quality and disease management. The aim of this study was to develop a ketogenic diet management app as well as a website about this dietary treatment and to evaluate the benefits of giving caregivers access to various web materials designed for paediatric patients with refractory epilepsy. Forty families pa...
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Caregiver informative materials are an important complement to verbal interaction in medical encounters enhancing caregivers' health literacy and this is particularly true when dealing with treatments that are still little known, as is the ketogenic diet (KD) for pediatric refractory epilepsy in Italy. Their value is dependent upon whether they con...
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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports are becoming a widespread corporate discourse practice and are often considered corporate image-building documents. The present study examines forward-looking statements in CSR reports from a genre-based perspective, aiming to better understand the textual practices of reporting genres in a globalized c...
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The paper maps the lexico-grammatical resources of the representation of time in Macbeth, looking in particular at the way futurity is portrayed. The study is based on concordance analysis of the top full lexical items in frequency lists and of time-related keywords (generated using the other Shakespearian tragedies as a reference corpus). Paying p...
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The chapter looks at dialogicity in written language use, focusing on how expert knowledge is recontextualized in different action games. Using a corpus of journal articles, newspaper columns and blog posts by the same author (Paul Krugman), the analysis centres on: (a) participants (the expert community, the writer and the reader), (b) communicati...
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This article investigates direct quotations in a corpus of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports in Italian, Chinese, and English. The corpus is composed of 60 CSR reports published by Italian, Chinese, and American companies in the banking and energy sector. The study aims at exploring what types of textual voices are involved in the disco...
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This paper looks at blogs as dialogic action games characterized by specific communicative purposes and corresponding language use, as described in the MGM. The assumption is that web-mediated communication is particularly apt to developing simultaneous conversations within and without the scientific community. Using a small-scale study of blog thr...
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Background: This study examines the generic structure of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports, which are becoming standard practice for corporate communication of social and environmental performance beyond financial disclosure. Literature review: Genre theories provide a framework for exploring genres contextualized in different cultures....
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The paper pivots around the different roles of evidentials and the different ways in which evidence is represented in the discourse of popular and academic history, thereby exploring the dynamics of both genres from a discourse analytical perspective. The analysis is based on two corpora of academic and popular articles on history. In particular, i...
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While acknowledging the importance of specific lexis in profiling discourse communities, studies on academic discourse have paid growing attention to general lexis and its disciplinary specificity. This is particularly true of recent approaches to phraseology in English for Academic Purposes (EAP), including both statistically significant clusters...
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Company disclosures are often looked at as narrative rather than argumentative or directive texts. And yet 'irrealis' statements - references to future or hypothetical processes - do play a role and contribute greatly to the construction of corporate identity. Combining a corpus and a discourse perspective, the paper looks at references to the futu...
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The use of English in knowledge communication has greatly extended its potentialities in the context of the World Wide Web. Language choice becomes a key issue in European agencies in charge of communicating scientific knowledge at national, supranational and international level. The chapter looks at the language policies adopted by one of these ag...
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The paper investigates the phraseology of evaluation in two comparable corpora of discussions from blogs in Italian and in English. Subjectivity markers are taken as an indication of the significant role that the writer's 'self' plays in the genre, ideal territory for an analysis of the language of evaluation. After considering collocates and gramm...
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The book brings together a rich variety of perspectives on abstracts as an academic genre. Drawing on genre analysis and corpus linguistics, the studies collected here combine attention to generic structure with emphasis on language variation and change, thus offering a multi-perspective view on a genre that is becoming one of the most important in...
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Museums have become fully active cultural agents, pursuing educational aims but also trying to attract the largest number of visitors. Exhibition press announcements (EPAs) issued by museums reflect this tendency and address journalists as if they were 'customers' in a very competitive market. Building on Bhatia's work on promotional genres (1993,...
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Museums have become fully active cultural agents, pursuing educational aims but also trying to attract the largest number of visitors. Exhibition press announcements (EPAs) issued by museums reflect this tendency and address journalists as if they were ‘customers’ in a very competitive market. Building on Bhatia’s work on promotional genres (1993,...
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Connectives (or connectors) (French connectif/connecteur, Italian connettivo/connettore, Spanish conector, German Konnektor/Konnektiv) are a key feature of language in use and have been studied from many different points of view—syntactic, semantic, pragmatic, and cognitive.Keywords:discourse analysis;pragmatics;semantics;corpus;grammar
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The paper is part of a research project on evaluative meanings in Italian and English weblogs. Web-logs may be regarded as increasingly popular, virtual arenas where information (including news) is produced, shared and – crucially – commented on evaluatively. Our focus here is on how bloggers evaluate the news in English and in Italian. Looking at...
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The notion of voice has been discussed from different perspectives in academic discourse studies, often in relation to discursive identity and self-representation. A major concern has been the formation of student writer identity, with the literature on composition often highlighting the need to show individuality and personal expressiveness in dis...
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The study of metadiscursive practices is particularly fruitful in introductory part-genres where the representation of disciplinary discursive procedures plays a major role for the discourse community. The main aim of this paper is to investigate the ways in which some English metadiscursive expressions (forms of self-mention and illocution markers...
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Decisions concerning syllabus design are generally based on considerations linked to the level of competence to be attained by the end of the course. The Common European Framework of Reference is one of the many yardsticks against which language competence can be measured. However, the guidelines it provides may need further qualifications, especia...
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Review genres are inherently reflexive and are defined by their need to present critical evaluations of other texts. Their key language features can thus be expected to lie in two interestingly related areas: evaluative language use on the one hand and reporting verbs (or frameworks) on the other.
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This paper sets out to examine how the Common European Framework of Reference can be employed as a useful tool for the purpose of devising a language certificate meant to assess the competence needed for effective teaching at the primary school level. To this end, the B1 level descriptors of the CEF have been re-written so as to make them correspon...
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The paper focuses on language variation across genres within the field of economics discourse. It investigates the relationship between quantifiers and worlds of reference (world of fact vs world of hypothesis) in two small corpora. The first is a corpus of thirty textbook chapters from English and American textbooks; the second is a small corpus o...

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Corpus-based analysis of business genres in Italian, Chinese and English
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Digital genres are used by academics to meet the demands created by new ways of communication and collaboration, and especially as a means of strengthening their profile and increasing their visibility. In this project we look to broaden the knowlege of digital genres in English as manifestations of professional discoursal practices for international audiences in which the aim is to strengthen the visibility of research output and the credibility, reputation, and impact of the researchers.