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Discourse studies of scientific popularisation: questioning the boundaries.

Myers, Greg (2003) Discourse studies of scientific popularisation: questioning the boundaries. Discourse Studies, 5 (2). pp. 265-279. ISSN 1461-4456

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This article critiques the `dominant view' of the popularization of science that takes it as a one-way process of simplification, one in which scientific articles are the originals of knowledge that is then debased by translation for a public that is ignorant of such matters, a blank slate. Recent work is surveyed in several disciplines that questions the boundaries of scientific discourse and genres of popularization: who the actors are, how the discourses interact, what modes are involved, and what is communicated. Implications are drawn from these studies for discourse analysis.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Discourse Studies
Additional Information: This is a pdf of the author's final version. The definitive version is on the publisher's web-site at
Uncontrolled Keywords: popularization ; scientific discourse
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 1387
Deposited By: Prof Greg Myers
Deposited On: 08 Feb 2008 09:22
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2016 00:02
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