English as a Lingua Franca in Migrants' Trauma Narratives

  • Maria Grazia Guido

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Maria Grazia Guido
    Pages 1-5
  3. Maria Grazia Guido
    Pages 63-83
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 207-228

About this book


"Providing a positive counterbalance to the current anti-immigration rhetoric which is so prevalent, Guido’s research offers pertinent insight into English as a Lingua Franca being used in high stakes communicative acts where power imbalances are acute, and will make substantial contribution to the field."
Haynes Collins, Associate Professor of Intercultural Studies, University of Leeds, UK

This book examines how trauma is experienced and narrated differently across languages and cultures, drawing on rich ethnographic case studies and a novel cognitive-linguistic approach to analyse the variations of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) used in the narratives of West-African migrants and refugees in the course of intercultural encounters with Italian experts in from domain-specific fields of discourse (including legal, medical, religious and cultural professionals). It examines the ways in which such experts interpret the migrants’ trauma narratives by applying discourse conventions from within their communities of practice, as well as their own native linguacultural norms. It argues persuasively for the development of a ‘hybrid ELF mode’ of intercultural communication to be used by experts in charge of unequal encounters in specialized migration contexts that can accommodate different culture-bound categorizations of trauma. This timely and important work will appeal in particular to students and scholars of applied linguistics, discourse analysis, cognitive linguistics, intercultural communication, pragmalinguistics, migration studies and healthcare communication.

Maria Grazia Guido is Full Professor of English Linguistics and Translation at the University of Salento, Italy.


cognitive-functional linguistics English as a lingua franca trauma narratives linguaculture transcultural psychiatry unequal encounters Language and power non-Western migrants ELF variations sociopragmatic failure Pragmalinguistic specialized discourse asylum seekers American Psychiatric Association (APA) Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) linguistic modality migrants’ sea-journey narratives idioms of distress ethnopoetics Responsible Tourism

Authors and affiliations

  • Maria Grazia Guido
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SalentoLecceItaly

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