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Discourse approaches to financial communication

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July 3, 2017 July 6, 2017


Lugano, Switzerland [Map it]


During the last decade, financial communication texts – including corporate compulsory and voluntary disclosures, analysts’ recommendations, rating announcements, central banks’ reports and speeches, financial news stories and other media (e.g. blogs, forums) –  have been increasingly investigated from different perspectives.

Scholars in Accounting and Finance recognize linguistic and textual data as significant, respectively, for evaluating the quality of financial disclosures and for predicting market sentiment and security prices. Their interest for the language used in financial texts naturally converges with the research concerns of scholars in the humanities (including Linguistics, Rhetoric and Argumentation Theory), who have explored the different discourse genres of financial communication, relying linguistic choices and conventions to communication strategies and reconstructing their narrative and argumentative organization.

In these strands of research language and discourse are not treated as neutral carriers of information, but are increasingly viewed as strategic resources for collective sense-making and persuasion as well as means for shaping the institutional realities of the financial markets.

The conference on Discourse approaches to financial communication (DAFC) aims at bringing together scholars who, from different scientific backgrounds, are interested in understanding the linguistic, rhetorical and argumentative functions of the narrative parts of financial disclosures and of other financially relevant documents, and, eventually, their impact on investment decisions and market transactions. By creating the occasion for close interdisciplinary dialogue between these diverse disciplines, the conference will enable developing a common research agenda on financial communication centered on the systematic analysis of financial discourse.


Andrea Rocci, Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics, USI

Rudi Palmieri, Department of Communication and Media, University of Liverpool

François Degeorge, Swiss Finance Institute

Daniel Perrin, Department of Applied Linguistics, Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Conference Manager: Carlo Raimondo, Institute of Argumentation, Linguistics and Semiotics, USI