The Language of Science

By Carol Reeves

© 2004 – Routledge

128 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

The communication of scientific principles is becoming increasingly important in a world that relies on technology. Exploring the use of scientific language in the news and examining how important scientific ideas are reported and communicated, this title in the Intertext series takes a look at the use and misuse of scientific language and how it shapes our lives.

The Language of Science:

  • explores the goals of, and problems with, scientific language and terminology
  • demonstrates the power and misuse of scientific discourse in the media
  • examines the special qualities of scientific communication
  • explores how science and popular culture interact
  • is illustrated with a wide range of examples from the MMR vaccine to AIDS and the biological weapons debate, and includes a glossary as well as ideas for further reading.

This practical book is ideal for post-16 to undergraduate students in English Language, Linguistics, Journalism, Communications Studies or Science Communication.

Reviews

'Professor Reeves transforms the achievements of two generations of creative scholarship in the language and rhetoric of science into a textbook that is fully accessible to undergraduates, while remaining informative for graduate students. She accomplishes this feat in a style that is patient without condescension, clear without oversimplification, and accurate without pedantry. Her examples are consistently on point, and her exercises consistently imaginative and useful.'Alan Gross, University of Minnesota, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction 1. Language 2. Metaphor in Science 3. The Grammar of Science 4. Language, Discourse and Facts 5. Understanding the Rhetorical in Science 6. Science and Culture: The Interaction of Discourses 7. Science and Society. Glossary of Terms

About the Author

Carol Reeves is Associate Professor of English at Butler University, Indianapolis. She is an experienced teacher of rhetoric, science, science communication, and science journalism, and has published a number of articles on topics such as Language and AIDS.

About the Series

Intertext

The series consists of a foundation text, Working With Texts: A Core Introduction to Language Analysis, which looks at language aspects essential for the analysis of texts, and a range of satellite texts. These apply aspects of language to a particular topic area in more detail. They complement the core text and can also be used alone, providing the user has the foundation skills provided by the core text.
Benefits of using this series:
* Unique - written by a team of respected teachers and practitioners whose ideas and activities have also been trialled independently
* Multi-disciplinary - provides a foundation for the analysis of texts, supporting students who want to achieve a detailed focus on language
* Accessible - no previous knowledge of language analysis is assumed
* Comprehensive - wide coverage of different genres: literary texts, notes, memos, signs, advertisements, leaflets, speeches, conversation
* Student-friendly - contains suggestions for further reading; activities relating to texts studied; commentaries after activities; key terms highlighted and an index of terms
This accessible series, written by an outstanding team of authors, experienced in language teaching, curriculum development, examining and writing, provides ideas and activities arising from experience and practice. Each title has multi-disciplinary appeal but will be particularly useful to A-Level students and teachers and to undergraduates of English Language, Linguistics or English Literature. They will also be of interest to teachers and students of EFL and ESL language courses.
Foundation coursebook:
Working With Texts: A Core Book for Language Analysis, Ronald Carter, Angela Goddard, Maggie Bowring, Danuta Reah, Keith Sanger
Satellite titles:
The Language of Advertising Angela Goddard, The Language of Fiction Keith Sanger, The Language of Humour Alison Ross, The Language of Newspapers Danuta Reah, The Language of Poetry John McRae, The Language of Sport Adrian Beard.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LAN021000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Vocabulary
SCI000000
SCIENCE / General