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Reading Science

Critical and Functional Perspectives on Discourses of Science, 1st Edition

Edited by J.R. Martin, Robert Veel


384 pages

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Reading Science looks at the distinctive language of science and technology and the role it plays in building up scientific understandings of the world. It brings together discourse analysis and critical theory for the first time in a single volume.

This edited collection examines science discourse from a number of perspectives, drawing on new rhetoric, functional linguistics and critical theory. It explores this language in research and industrial contexts as well as in educational settings and in popular science writing and science fiction. The papers also include consideration of the role of images (tables and figures) in science writing and the importance of reading science discourse as multi-modal text.

The internationally renowned contributors include M. A. K. Halliday, Charles Bazerman and Jay Lemke.


'The great strength of the book is rooted in its interdisciplinary approach and its broad range of perspectives while discussing various aspects of reading science…should attract and stimulate a wide range of audiences as it has a great deal to offer for both academics and teachers.' - Zsuzsa Kurtán, Applied Linguistics

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LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General