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Title: Investigating Specialized Discourse
Written By: Maurizio Gotti

Investigating Specialized Discourse is a shortened and revised textbook
edition of the monograph Specialized Discourse (2003). This book analyses
the various features of specialized discourse in order to assess its degree
of specificity and diversification, as compared to general language. Prior
to any analysis of such traits, the notion of specialized discourse and its
distinctive properties are clarified. The presence of such properties is
accounted for not only in linguistic but also in pragmatic terms since the
approach is interpretative rather than merely descriptive. Indeed, the
complexity of this discourse calls for a multidimensional analysis,
covering both lexis and morpho-syntax as well as textual patterning. Some
lexical aspects, morpho-syntactic features and textual genres are also
examined from a diachronic perspective, thus showing how various
conventions concerning specialized discourse have developed over the last


Defining the Notion of 'Specialized Discourse' - Lexical Features of
Specialized Discourse - Syntactic Features of Specialized Discourse -
Textual Features of Specialized Discourse - The Development of Specialized
Discourse in the 17th Century - The Origins of the Experimental Essay - The
Formation of the Lexis of Computer Science - The Language of Popularisation.

Maurizio Gotti is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of
Bergamo. He is Director of CERLIS, the research centre on specialized
languages based at the University of Bergamo. His main research areas are
the features and origins of specialized discourse (Robert Boyle and the
Language of Science, 1996, Specialized Discourse: Linguistic Features and
Changing Conventions, 2003).

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
Text/Corpus Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034306706
Pages: 230
Prices: U.S. $ 46.95
U.K. £ 27
Europe EURO 30