European English Messenger

The European English Messenger is the official newsletter of the European Society for the Study of English. Its purpose is to disseminate information and views about English Studies in Europe and to foster intellectual and scholarly cooperation and development.

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 1, Summer

Checking Comprehension in English-Medium Lectures in Technical and Scientific Fields
1. Introduction This paper reports the results of a study on some interpersonal strategies adopted by Italian lecturers using English as a medium of instruction to engage students in discourse, keep their attention alive and ensure comprehension....
David Machin and Andrea Mayr 2012. How to Do Critical Discourse Analysis. A Multimodal Introduction
David Machin and Andrea Mayr 2012. How to Do Critical Discourse Analysis. A Multimodal Introduction. London: Sage, 240 pp., ISBN 978-0-85702-892-1. As indicated in the subtitle, the new book by David Machin and Andrea Mayr offers a multimodal introduction...
Dr. John Dee's Spiritual Diary (1583-1608), Being a Completely New and Reset Edition of A True and Faithful Relation of What Passed for Many Yeers between Dr. John Dee and Some Spirits
Dr. John Dee's Spiritual Diary (1583-1608), being a completely new and reset edition of A True and Faithful Relation of what passed for many yeers between Dr. John Dee and some Spirits ... With introduction, supplementary text, additional illustrations,...
ESSE Board Members: National Representatives
ALBANIA. Dr. Armela Panajoti, Department of Foreign Languages, University of Vlora, Sheshi "Avni Rustemi", Godina B 411, Vlore. Tel.: +355 69 2384468. Email: armelap@assenglish. org ARMENIA. Prof. Seda Gasparyan, English Department, Faculty of Romance...
From Theories of Deviation to Theories of Fictionality: The Definition of Literature
This essay focuses on the various ways in which literature has been differentiated from non-literature. The criteria of differentiation show themselves to be quite heterogeneous, even incommensurable. Older--essentialist--theories, based on epic and...
Giovanni Cianci, Caroline Patey, Sara Sullam (Eds.) 2010. Transits: The Nomadic Geographies of Anglo-American Modernism
Giovanni Cianci, Caroline Patey, Sara Sullam (eds.) 2010. Transits: The Nomadic Geographies of Anglo-American Modernism. Bern: Peter Lang, 316 pp. ISBN 978- 303911-949-3. This collection of essays takes an informed approach to understanding the...
Hedda Friberg-Harnesk, Gerald Porter and Joakim Wrethed (Eds.) 2010. beyond Ireland: Encounters across Cultures
Hedda Friberg-Harnesk, Gerald Porter and Joakim Wrethed (eds.) 2010. Beyond Ireland: Encounters Across Cultures. Bern: Peter Lang, 334 pp. ISBN 978-3-0343- 0270-8 pb. Beyond Ireland greets us with the difficulty of talking about absolutes like tradition...
Investigating Academic Identity Traits
In the last few decades there has been a considerable increase in the globalisation of research practices in Universities all over the world. The wish to be read and quoted as widely as possible at a global level has induced many scholars to publish...
Jonathan Roberts (Ed.) 2010. Blake. Wordsworth. Religion
Jonathan Roberts (ed.) 2010. Blake. Wordsworth. Religion. London and New York: Continuum, xiii + 127 pp., ISBN 978-0-8264-2502-7. This innovative short book is part of Continuum's New Directions in Religion and Literature series, which, in the words...
Marcela Kostihova: Shakespeare in Transition: Political Appropriations in the Postcommunist Czech Republic
Marcela Kostihova: Shakespeare in Transition: Political Appropriations in the Postcommunist Czech Republic. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 240 pp. ISBN: 978-0230203242. Shakespeare in Transition argues that translations and performances...
Maren Tova Linett (Ed.), the Cambridge Companion to Modernist Women Writers
Maren Tova Linett (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Women Writers. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. 252 pp. ISBN: 9780521515054 Scholars of Modernist Studies recognise an increasing, marked interest in the subject area of Modernism....
Marjolijn Verspoor, Kees De Bot and Wander Lowie (Eds.) A Dynamic Approach to Second Language Development: Methods and Techniques
Marjolijn Verspoor, Kees de Bot and Wander Lowie (eds.) A Dynamic Approach to Second Language Development: Methods and Techniques. Amsterdam and Philadephia: John Benjamins, 211 pp., ISBN 978-90-272-1998-5. A Dynamic Approach to Second Language...
Printing the Messenger: The End of an Era
Sad to report, the Grafica de Coimbra, which has produced the European English Messenger since 1998, has ceased trading, having become a victim of two processes at the heart of ESSE's own experience: the changes in publication practices that will shortly...
Quality Measurements of Error Annotation-Ensuring Validity through Reliability
Major obstacles to achieving high levels of reliability (and by extension validity) of error annotation of learner corpora range from defining errors in general, the lack of an error taxonomy sufficiently applicable in corpus annotation, insufficiencies...
Rita Christian and Judith Misrahi-Barak (Eds.) 2011. India and the Diasporic Imagination / L'Inde et L'imagination Diasporique: With Poems by Khal Torabully
Rita Christian and Judith Misrahi-Barak (eds.) 2011. India and the Diasporic Imagination / Linde et l'imagination diasporique: with poems by Khal Torabully. Montpellier: Presses universitaires de la Mediterranee, 521 pp. ISBN: 978-2- 84269-927-7. ...
Sebastian M. Rasinger. 2013. Quantitative Research in Linguistics, an Introduction, Second Edition
Sebastian M. Rasinger. 2013. Quantitative Research in Linguistics, An Introduction, Second Edition. London: Bloomsbury, 286 pp., ISBN 978-1-4411-8010-0. This is the second edition of Sebastian Rasinger's introduction to the research methods used...
Small Press Legends. the Best-Known of the Unknown Writers: An Interview with Gerald Locklin
Gerald Locklin was a Professor of creative writing, 20th-century literature, and literary theory in the Department of English at California State University, Long Beach, from 1965 to 2007. He is now Professor Emeritus, but continues to teach as a part-time...
The ESSE President's Column
Those of you who read my column in last winter's issue of the Messenger already know how successful our 12th ESSE Conference in Kosice was. We still cherish its memory, recalling the various delights (both academic and social) it held for us, and most...
"Training, Translation and Tourism in Venice", Venice, Italy, 5-19 July 2014: EU Erasmus Intensive Programme Report
A mysterious city on water, Venice has always been one of the most attractive cultural and touristic destinations in Europe. It has widely preoccupied Western imagination, which can be seen in many literary and visual artworks, from William Shakespeare...
Walter Scott and the Restoration of Europe
The changing of the old order in country manors and mansions may be slow or sudden, may have many issues romantic or otherwise, its romantic issues being not necessarily restricted to a change back to the original order; though this admissible instance...
What I Mean Is-What Is It Doing in Conversational Interaction?
1. Introduction Traditionally there has been a bias towards written language and 'written grammar' in linguistics (see Linell 1982). The balance is now starting to change and linguistic structures are studied both in speech and writing. If we consider...
Wording a Life with Words in Conversation with Carla Vaglio
A disciple of Giorgio Melchiori, Carla Vaglio graduated in English literature in 1966 and started out as a lexicographer for the Grande Dizionario Utet della Lingua Italiana, an experience which remarkably affected her career as a scholar and critic...
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