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Books: Presented Discourse in Popular Science: Pilkington

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Date: 13-Aug-2018
From: Maarten Frieswijk <>
Subject: Presented Discourse in Popular Science: Pilkington
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Title: Presented Discourse in Popular Science
Subtitle: Professional Voices in Books for Lay Audiences
Series Title: Studies in Pragmatics
Published: 2018
Publisher: Brill

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Author: Olga A. Pilkington
Electronic: ISBN: 9789004365971 Pages: 179 Price: Europe EURO 80
Hardback: ISBN: 9789004365964 Pages: 179 Price: Europe EURO 88

In "Presented Discourse in Popular Science", Olga A. Pilkington explores the forms and functions of the voices of scientists in books written for non-professionals. This study confirms the importance of considering presentation of discourse outside of literary fiction: popular science uses presented discourse in ways uncommon for fiction yet not conventional for non-fiction either.
This analysis is an acknowledgement of the social consequences of popularization. Discourse presentation of scientists reconstructs the world of the scientific community as a human space but also projects back into it an image of the scientist the public wants to see. At the same time, Pilkington’s findings strengthen the view of popularization that rejects the notion of a strict divide between professional and popular science.

Linguistic Field(s): Pragmatics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Language Family(ies): Indo-European

Written In: English (eng)

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