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FYI: Call for Papers: Linguistic and Discourse Issues in Contemporary Scientific Communication

Editor for this issue: Ashley Parker <>

Date: 06-Dec-2015
From: Emilia Di Martino <>
Subject: Call for Papers: Linguistic and Discourse Issues in Contemporary Scientific Communication
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Call for Papers:
Linguistic and discourse issues in contemporary scientific communication
Editors: David Banks (Université de Bretagne Occidentale), Emilia Di Martino (Università di Napoli Suor Orsola Benincasa)

Communication of science to the general public is progressively more often recognized as an equally crucial responsibility of scientists to research, and scientific writing is being looked upon as public discourse to an increasing extent. However, while scientists are explicitly taught research methodologies, they mostly seem to be expected to ‘naturally’ acquire the ability to communicate with other scientists, and they usually receive inadequate explicit training and do not seem to easily develop the skills needed to communicate scientific concepts to lay audiences.
The present collection of papers, which will be submitted to a journal in linguistics once a suitable number of high quality submissions has been reached, aims to discuss the linguistic and discourse issues of contemporary scientific communication in light of recent views on the role and functions of science and scientists in society with the aim of practically contributing both to its advancement and to broad dissemination.

Contributions are solicited that address the interface between language and science or amongst language, science and education, particularly approaching it via such methodologies as genre analysis, discourse analysis, rhetorical analysis and multimodal analysis.

Topics of interest may include (but are not limited to) the following:

- The historical development of scientific discourse
- Scientific discourse and its context
- Aspects of contemporary scientific discourse
- Scientific writing as public discourse
- Strategies for the communication of uncertainty
- English in scientific knowledge construction and local hybridizing practices
- The place of translating in science communication
- Authorship, identity and genre
- Language and peer review
- Content and Language Integrated Learning: linguistic implications.

Select Bibliography
Alastrué Ramón Plo, Pérez-Llantada Carmen (eds.), English as a Scientific and Research Language. Debates and Discourses English in Europe, Vol. 2, De Gruyter Mouton, 2015
Banks David, The Development of Scientific Writing. Linguistic Features and Historical Context, Equinox, 2008
Bauer, Martin W., “The Evolution of Public Understanding of Science. Discourse and Comparative Evidence”, Science, Technology and Society, Vol. 14, No 2, 2009, pp. 221-240
Curry Mary Jane, Hanauer David I. (eds.), Language, Literacy, and Learning in STEM Education: Research Methods and Perspectives from Applied Linguistics, John Benjamins 2014
Halliday, M.A.K. (ed. Jonathan J; Webster), The Language of Science, Continuum, 2004.
Kueffer Christoph, Larson Brendon M.H., “Responsible Use of Language in Scientific Writing and Science Communication”, BioScience, Vol. 64, No 8, 2014, pp.719-724
Pérez-Llantada Carmen, Scientific Discourse and the Rhetoric of Globalization: The Impact of Culture and Language, Continuum, 2012
Wallace, Carolyn S., “Framing New Research in Science Literacy and Language Use: Authenticity, Multiple Discourses, and the ‘Third Space’”, Science Education, Vol. 88, No 6, November 2004, pp. 901–914
Winter Stephan, Krämer Nicole C., Rösner Leonie, Neubaum German, “Don’t Keep It (Too) Simple. How Textual Representations of Scientific Uncertainty Affect Laypersons’ Attitudes”, Journal of Language and Social Psychology, Vol. 34, No 3, June 2015, pp. 251-272
Yore Larry D., Marilyn K. Florence, Terry W. Pearson, Andrew J. Weaver, “Written Discourse in Scientific Communities: A conversation with two scientists about their views of science, use of language, role of writing in doing science, and compatibility between their epistemic views and language”, International Journal of Science Education, Vol. 28, Nos 2–3, 15 February 2006, pp. 109–141

Please send a 300-word abstract by 1 January 2016 to:

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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