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Authors
  • Corbett, J.
Type
Book
Journal
Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, 14-Volume Set
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2006
Pages
755–759
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/B0-08-044854-2/00533-2
ISBN: 978-0-08-044299-0
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
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Abstract

Popularizations of specialist texts afford linguists case studies of the ways in which changes in target readership affect the construction of texts. Crossgenre comparison of articles written for specialist professions, such as the sciences, and their popular equivalents show how language is used in the construction and contesting of scientific ‘knowledge’ within a discipline, and to negotiate the meanings of scientific ‘facts’ in the public sphere. Whereas specialist texts construct scientific activity as a set of procedures designed to test experimental validity, popularizations represent science as an unmediated encounter with the natural world.

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