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Reading Science looks at the distinctive language of science and technology and the role it plays in building up scientific understandings of the world. It brings together discourse analysis and critical theory for the first time in a single volume.
This edited collection examines science discourse from a number of perspectives, drawing on new rhetoric, functional linguistics and critical theory. It explores this language in research and industrial contexts as well as in educational settings and in popular science writing and science fiction. The papers also include consideration of the role of images (tables and figures) in science writing and the importance of reading science discourse as multi-modal text.
The internationally renowned contributors include M. A. K. Halliday, Charles Bazerman and Jay Lemke.
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|Pt. I||Discourse on science|
|1||Discourses of science: Recontextualisation, genesis, intertextuality and hegemony||3|
|2||Emerging perspectives on the many dimensions of scientific discourse||15|
|Pt. II||Popularising science|
|3||Cultivating science: Negotiating discourse in the popular texts of Stephen Jay Gould||35|
|4||The 'science' of science fiction: A sociocultural analysis||63|
|Pt. III||Recontextualising science|
|5||Multiplying meaning: Visual and verbal semiotics in scientific text||87|
|6||The greening of school science: Ecogenesis in secondary classrooms||114|
|7||Science and apprenticeship: The pedagogic discourse||152|
|Pt. IV||Discourses of science|
|8||Things and relations: Regrammaticising experience as technical knowledge||185|
|9||Science discourse and industrial hierarchy||236|
|10||Extended reality, proto-nouns and the vernacular: Distinguishing the technological from the scientific||266|
|11||Technicality and abstraction in social science||297|
|12||Construing processes of consciousness: From the commonsense model to the uncommonsense model of cognitive science||327|