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To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.


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Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.


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Title: The Development of Scientific Writing
Subtitle: Linguistic Features and Historical Context
Written By: David Banks
Series Title: Discussions in Functional Approaches to Language
Description:

This book is one of the first applications of a functional approach to
language across time. It first summarizes and evaluates previous studies of
the development of scientific language, including Halliday’s exploration of
this fascinating topic. It then traces the development of scientific
writing as a genre, in terms of its linguistic features, from Chaucer’s
Treatise on the Astrolabe (the first technical text written in English)
almost to the present. It goes on to consider texts by major scientists of
the late seventeenth century, and then analyses and discusses a corpus of
texts taken from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society,
covering the period 1700 to 1980.

The main linguistic features studied are the use of passive forms, first
person pronouns, nominalization, and thematic structure. This brings out
the interestingly different patterns of development in the physical and
biological sciences. It also highlights previously unnoticed effects, such
as the influence of mathematical modelling on texts in the physical
sciences - though not, interestingly, the biological sciences - from the
late nineteenth century onwards. Thus scientific language - like virtually
all language - is intimately related to the context (here the ‘field’)
within which it is produced.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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ISBN-13: 9781845533175
Pages: 224
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