The status of LSP (Languages for Specialised Purposes) in the contemporary socio-cultural context is an ongoing central issue of scholarly debate. Specialised Languages in the Global Village examines the impact of globalisation on intercultural communication within specialised communities of practice. The contributions to the volume provide linguistically and pedagogically-informed discussion on modes of communication practice in professional and institutional domains, frames of social action and the construction of professional identities. The contributors also address issues of languages and social entrepreneurship, and the acquisition and development of linguistic/cultural competence in foreign languages for specialised purposes. The edition is a valuable resource for researchers in LSP, specialists in the fields of discourse analysis, sociolinguistics and scholars in the area of rhetoric and composition. It will also be of interest to professional translators, language editors and language advisors in the fields of specialised academic/professional communication. LSP instructors and foreign language teachers will also find informed guidelines and useful pedagogical proposals for classroom implementation.
About the Author: Carmen Perez-Llantada is Professor of English at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. Her research publications are in the fields of applied linguistics, pragmatics, socio-rhetoric and genre theory in LSP, with a more recent focus on the spread of English as a global lingua franca for international communication. She actively collaborates with the Center for International Business Education and Research at FIorida International University for the organisation of LSP transatlantic conferences and seminars. Maida Watson is Professor of Modern Languages at Florida International University, Miami, USA. She has been Foreign Language Coordinator for the Center for International Business Education and Research at FIorida International University since 1997. Since 2000 she has organised and coordinated a workshop every summer in Spain on Teaching Spanish for Business for college teachers. She has received several grants from the Fulbright-Hays Office, the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Kaufman Foundation.