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Sabrina Francesconi

Sabrina Francesconi. Sabrina Francesconi is Associate Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Trento. Her current research interests are multimodal genre analysis, systemic functional linguistics, diatopic varieties of English, English for Specific Purposes, and tourism discourse. On the last one, which is her main research area, she has taught BA and MA academic courses and she has published extensively, both in Italy and abroad. Besides articles and essays, her works include the monographic volumes: Reading Tourism Texts: A Multimodal Analysis (Channel View, 2014), Generic Integrity and Innovation in Tourism Texts in English (Tangram Edizioni Scientifiche, 2012), English for Tourism Promotion: Italy in British Tourism Texts (Hoepli, 2007), and a co-edited volume, with O. Palusci, Translating Tourism: Linguistic/Cultural Representations, (Università degli Studi di Trento, 2006). In her research, she is mainly concerned with inspecting innovative and creative multimodal domain-specific texts, whose semiotic configurations transcend traditional boundaries between tourism and travel domains, and question stable and rigid conceptual and generic distinctions. Specifically, she observes how multifarious and multifaceted instances deploy an (anti)tourism discourse for tourist purposes. In order to explore modes and forms of meaning-making in static, dynamic and hypertexts expressing such blurred and opaque contact zone, she integrates theories and tools from critical genre analysis, multimodal analysis and systemic-functional linguistics. EMAIL: sabrina.francesconi@unitn.it