First published in 1988, Textus is the leading journal of English Studies in Italy. Peer reviewed and indexed by the main international databases, it is dedicated to promoting scholarly exchange among Italian and international researchers. Each issue is jointly edited by an Italian and a foreign scholar of international standing and addresses a topical area of language, literature and cultural studies. With its unique coverage of English studies in Italy, Textus is a forum for new critical and theoretical approaches and an invaluable resource for academic research and teaching.
Editor in Chief
Carlo M. Bajetta (Università della Valle D’Aosta)
Silvia Bruti (Università di Pisa), Stefania Maria Maci (Università degli Studi di Bergamo) e Massimo Sturiale (Università degli Studi di Catania) – English Language Issue
Silvia Antosa (Università degli Studi di Enna “Kore”) e Elisabetta Marino (Università degli Studi di Roma “Tor Vergata”) – English Cultural Studies Issue
Carlo M. Bajetta (Università della Valle D’Aosta) e Rocco Coronato (Università degli Studi di Padova) – English Literature Issue
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The latest issues of Textus (2021) are: Viral Transcultures on the Edges of the ‘New Normal’, edited by Lorena Carbonara, Christopher Larkosh-Lenotti and Annarita Taronna (2, 2021), and Environmental Humanities and English Literary Studies: Facing the Crisis of the Imagination, edited by Shaul Bassi and Emma Mason (3, 2021).
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Dimensions of framing: representation, cognition, interaction
Editors: Paola Catenaccio (Università degli Studi di Milano), Giuliana Garzone (Università IULM, Milano), Martin Reisigl (Universität Wien)
This issue of Textus intends to offer a multi-faceted approach to the linguistic, semiotic, critical and cognitive notion of frame, one of the most influential concepts in linguistics. It is meant to investigate and organize this theoretical construct by means of discussing and applying today’s most productive critical models of framing and their use as key interpretive tools in discourse analysis.
The concept of framing has been the object of countless articulations over time. First introduced by Burke (as a system of meaning, 1937), then developed by Bateson (as a set of keys to interpret reality, 1955/1972) and Goffman (as schemata of interpretation, 1974), the idea of frame as an interpretive model – precisely for its adaptability and expandability – has been utilized to examine how language and textuality structure knowledge, representation and behaviour.
In terms of cognition, frames guide information processing by providing cognitive scaffoldings, or pre-existing data structures stored in our memory, against which to evaluate new data. The notion of frame has been used and re-elaborated by various authors, some of whom maintained the original denomination (e.g. Minsky 1975; Fillmore 1988), while others used various labels, e.g. “schema” or “schemata” (e.g. Goffman 1974; ; cf. also Rumelhart 1980), “scripts” (Schank 1975; Schank/Abelson 1977), or “units” (Bobrow/Winograd 1977), amongst others.
In relation to discourse, frames have been defined as resources by which “to select some aspects of a perceived reality and make them more salient in a communicating text, in such a way as to promote a particular problem definition, causal interpretation, moral evaluation, and/or treatment recommendation for the item described” (Entman 1993: 52). Furthermore frames also play a role in interaction, being often used by participants to negotiate not only meanings but also identities, roles and communicative purposes in speech events. In this sense, framing defines “what is going on in interaction, without which no utterance (or movement or gesture) could be interpreted” (Tannen/Wallat 1987: 206).
Thanks to its heuristic effectiveness, framing has been used as an analytical lens in a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches and fields, ranging from cognitive linguistics and discourse analysis to news and multimedia discourse studies, from translation and interpreting studies to political communication studies, from epistemology and psychology to artificial intelligence.
We invite submissions providing critical insights into how framing works in processing empirical reality, into how it can be used to codify phenomena into meanings and (conversely) to detect and interpret meanings when processing texts, codes and modes. The issue aims to be a casebook about frames and framing, where each single contribution, besides being self-standing in exploring framing as a theoretical notion and as a key analytical construct, also contributes to outlining an overall picture of framing as a heuristic tool.
Submissions are expected to tackle complementary facets of framing as a key meaning-making system within specific linguistic, discursive and communicative dimensions, by analysing exemplary samples of discourse in multiple domains and in diversified genres and modes. Possible areas for the investigation of framing and framing strategies include, among other things, the following ones:
∙ Media discourse
∙ Political discourse
∙ Economic discourse
∙ Scientific discourse
∙ Intercultural communication
∙ Multimodal discourse
∙ Lingua Franca interactions
∙ Institutional / organizational discourse
∙ Translation and interpreting
∙ Framing strategies, metaphor and argumentation
Abstract submission deadline: 31 March 2022
Notification of acceptance: 15 April 2022
Preliminary papers to the editors: 15 July 2022
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