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Representing Venice’s Local Culture to International Tourists

The Use of the ‘Languaging’ Technique in Websites in English

Daniela Cesiri    Ca' Foscari, Venezia, Italia    



Venice (Italy) is a popular destination for tourists of any kind; therefore, the goal of the material promoting the city is to present the city itself and its local culture. The present study conducts a qualitative analysis of websites that promote Venice to tourists using English as the preferred language of communication. The paper focuses on the so-called technique of ‘languaging’ (in studies on the language of tourism, defined as a term in a local language or dialect which is provided along with a translation or paraphrase in English). The analysis reveals that the authors of websites frequently use terms in the Venetian dialect but the translations or explanations provided fail, to a certain extent, to convey the most interesting cultural connotations contained in the terms themselves. The authors of the websites, thus, do not help fill the cultural gap between Venice and the tourists who, in turn, miss the opportunity to establish a real connection with the local culture.

28 Settembre 2017
18 Marzo 2017
12 Aprile 2016

Keywords: Computer-mediated communicationDiscourse analysisVeniceEnglish for tourismLanguaging

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