LINGUIST List 32.35

Mon Jan 04 2021

Books: The Multilingual Challenge for the Construction and Transmission of Scientific Knowledge: Berthoud, Gajo

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Date: 11-Dec-2020
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: The Multilingual Challenge for the Construction and Transmission of Scientific Knowledge: Berthoud, Gajo
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Title: The Multilingual Challenge for the Construction and Transmission
of Scientific Knowledge
Series Title: Multilingualism and Diversity Management 5
Published: 2020
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/mdm.5

Author: Anne-Claude Berthoud
Author: Laurent Gajo
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027207470 Pages: 158 Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027207470 Pages: 158 Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027207470 Pages: 158 Price: Europe EURO 95.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027207470 Pages: 158 Price: U.S. $ 143.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027207470 Pages: 158 Price: U.K. £ 80.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027207470 Pages: 158 Price: Europe EURO 100.70
Abstract:

Whereas it is now generally recognised that multilingualism is important for society, culture and the economy, the relevance of multilingualism for the world of science has still largely escaped attention. But science, too, is created and transmitted in and through communication. Today, the construction and transmission of knowledge is based on a growing monolingualism, with English as the "lingua academica" regarded as a condition of the universality of scientific knowledge. However, this idea is based on the illusion that languages are transparent and that the modes of communication are universal.

In this book, it is shown how multilingualism can open different perspectives and improve the quality of knowledge by offering an antidote to the squeezing out of different academic and scientific cultures. More precisely, it is shown how multilingual approaches highlight the mediating role of language and, in doing so, optimize conceptualization, communication and evaluation in science.

These findings are, for one thing, relevant to institutional language policies and, for another, open new lines of research taking scientific practices themselves as a field of investigation.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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