Giordano, Walter. 2020. Investigating the Discourse of Financial Reporting: Communicative Strategies and Translation Problems. ISBN 978-606-35-0362-7

Walter Giordano is a senior lecturer of English Language at the Università degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”, where he has held the chair of Business English since 2007. His main research interests are LSP, with a particular concentration on business communication, translation studies, discourse analysis and genre variation. His most recent publications focus on the discourse of financial reporting, of annual reports and on the analysis of car ads: Communication strategies and crisis management in 2015 - 2016 Volkswagen CEO Letters to Shareholders (2019),  Genre Hybridization In Annual Reports: The Case Of Walmart (2018), “Dissociative identities: a multi-modal discourse analysis of TV commercials of Italian products in Italy and in the USA”, Palgrave Macmillan (2016) with Laura Di Ferrante and Sergio Pizziconi. He is also a business consultant and he is specialized in training business professionals and corporate personnel.


“This volume explores financial reporting providing a comprehensive overview of its linguistic and discursive aspects. In particular it highlights the crucial role of the Annual Report and the CEO’s letter as the main genres a company relies on to communicate with its stockholders and stakeholders. It also considers the issues involved in the translation of these important documents. One of the distinctive merits of this book is the technically sound but accessible illustration of the accounting principles underlying financial reporting and the legal framework governing it, which is preliminary to a correct conceptualization of the genres dealt with”

Professor Giuliana Elena Garzone, IULM University, Milan, Italy


“This work offers an interesting overview on financial reporting discourse. It takes an essentially pragmatic approach and provides a systematic description of linguistic aspects of Annual Reports. A wide range of examples are provided and discussed. Multidisciplinary collaboration among linguists, accounting scholars and practitioners is, de facto, the proposal that the author recommends for future research”

Professor Giuseppe Balirano, Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Naples, Italy