This monographic issue focuses on intercultural communication\ud in specialist fields and its realizations in English for specific purposes.\ud The concept of interculturality on which this issue is built is\ud rooted in discourse, in line with recent research on interaction in\ud specialized domains. Indeed, language is approached here as inseparable\ud from a given socio-cultural configuration – not merely consistent\ud with it, but deeply involved in its construction of reality and its\ud representations. From single phrases to generic patterns, linguistic\ud constructs encode a culture-bound world view. The analysis of discourse\ud often shows that texts are not only where cultures are built,\ud but also where at times they are distorted, rejected or ignored
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