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The Routledge Handbook of Language and Science

ISBN 9780815382683
Published December 2, 2019 by Routledge
444 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Science provides a state-of-the-art volume on the language of scientific processes and communications. This book offers comprehensive coverage of socio-cultural approaches to science, as well as analysing new theoretical developments and incorporating discussions about future directions within the field. Featuring original contributions from an international range of renowned scholars, as well as academics at the forefront of innovative research, this handbook:

  • identifies common objects of inquiry across the areas of rhetoric, sociolinguistics, communication studies, science and technology studies, and public understanding of science;
  • covers the four key themes of power, pedagogy, public engagement, and materiality in relation to the study of scientific language and its development;
  • uses qualitative and quantitative approaches to demonstrate how humanities and social science scholars can go about studying science;
  • details the meaning and purpose of socio-cultural approaches to science, including the impact of new media technologies;
  • analyses the history of the field and how it positions itself in relation to other areas of study.

Ushering the study of language and science toward a more interdisciplinary, diverse, communal and ecological future, The Routledge Handbook of Language and Science is an essential reference for anyone with an interest in this area.

Table of Contents

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List of contributors

Introduction: Sociocultural approaches to language and science

David R. Gruber and Lynda C. Olman


History and Development of Language and Science

  1. Language and Science from a Rhetorical Perspective
  2. Leah Ceccarelli

  3. Social semiotic approaches to language in science: A history of engagement with language & science
  4. Kimberly Gomez

  5. Public Understanding Of Science: Popularisation, Perceptions and Publics
  6. Jenni Metcalf and Michelle Riedlinger

  7. Science, journalism, and the language of (un)certainty: A review of science journalists’ use of language in reports on science
  8. Lars Guenther and Antonia Weber

  9. Language and Science in Science and Technology Studies
  10. Sheila Jasanoff


    Language and Power

  11. Language, Power and Public Engagement in Science
  12. Melanie Smallman

  13. Rhetoric’s Materialist Traditions and the Shifting Terrain of Economic Agency
  14. Catherine Chaput

  15. Accounting for ‘Genetics’ and ‘Race’ Requires a Use-Focused Theory of Language
  16. Celeste Condit

  17. Encomium of the Harlot, or, a Rhetoric of Refusal
  18. Davi Thornton

  19. Gender and the Language of Science: The Case of CRISPR
  20. Jordynn Jack


    Language and Pedagogy

  21. Rhetorical Invention and Visual Rhetoric: Toward a Multimodal Pedagogy Of Scientific Writing
  22. Molly Hartzog

  23. Use of Personal Pronouns in Science Laboratory Reports
  24. Jean Parkinson

  25. Dialogic Approaches to Supporting Argumentation in the Elementary Science Classroom
  26. Emily Reigh and Jonathan Osborn

  27. The 'objective truths' of the classroom: Using Foucault and discourse analysis to unpack structuring concepts in science and mathematics education
  28. Anna Llewellyn

  29. Iterative language pedagogy for science writing: Discovering the language of Architectural Engineering
  30. Maria Freddi


    Language and Materiality

  31. Of Matter And Money: Material-Semiotic Methods For The Study Of Science And Language
  32. S. Scott Graham

  33. Anatomical Presencing:Visualisation, Model-Making, and Embodied Interaction in a Language-Rich Space
  34. T. Kenny Fountain

  35. Narrative, Drama, and Science communication
  36. Emma Weitkamp

  37. Language, Materiality, and Emotions in Science Learning Settings
  38. Elizabeth Hufnagel

  39. The Materialist Rhetoric about SARS Sequelae in China: Networked Risk Communication, Social Justice, and Immaterial Labor
  40. Huiling Ding

    PART V

    Language and Public Engagement

  41. Exploring Public Engagement in Environmental Rhetoric
  42. Aimee Roundtree

  43. Heuristics for Communicating Science, Risk, and Crisis: Encouraging Guided Inquiry in Challenging Rhetorical Situations
  44. Katherine E. Rowan and Andrew S. Pyle

  45. When Expertises Clash: (Topic) Modeling Stasis about Complex Issues Across Large Discursive Corpora
  46. Zoltan Majdik

  47. Blasting for Science: Rhetorical Antidotes to Anti-vax Discourse in the Italian Public Sphere
  48. Pamela Pietrucci

  49. Exploring Conversations about Science in New Media
  50. Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher


    Futures for Language and Science

  51. Rhetorical Futures For The Study Of Language and Science: Theorizing Interpublics In/For Healthcare
  52. Jennifer Malkowski

  53. Ecologies Of Genres And An Ecology Of Languages Of Science: Current And Future Debates
  54. Carmen Perez-Llantada

  55. Becoming the Other: The Body in Translation
  56. Hélène Mialet

  57. Science Communication on Social Media: Current Trends, Future Challenges
  58. Miguel Alcibar

  59. Language and Science: Emerging Themes in Public Science Communication

Sarah R. Davies



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David R. Gruber is Assistant Professor in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Lynda C. Olman is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno, USA.


'A compelling account of science as a socially situated, discursive and rhetorical practice in which language plays a crucial role. Gruber and Olman have skilfully blended the voices of authoritative scholars in the fields of rhetoric, linguistics, science communication, and science education to produce an engaging volume that provides a remarkable map of the terrain.'

Christoph A. Hafner, City University of Hong Kong