This volume combines strands of research currently being debated in linguistic scholarship, such as the issue of specialized discourse, the issue of knowledge dissemination, and the issue of the versatility of genres. It presents some of the relevant findings of an Italian National Research Project focusing on specialized discourse, which involved researchers and scholars from several Italian universities. Discursive popularisation is here analysed with regard to the domain of natural sciences, particularly focusing on botany and gardening. Another relevant feature of the book is the diachronic approach used in discussing the issue of popularisation.The authors of the volume focus on their research following their own methodological choices, and, as such, investigate critical discourse analysis, genre analysis, and corpus analysis. All the authors, however, apply a diachronic perspective to their study. Chapters, therefore, span from the dissemination of science in the 17th century English scientific community, through the Late Modern English Period, to the end of the 19th century, throughout the 20th century, up to the present day. Within the common frame of natural sciences, each author develops a specific topic such as Irish botanical terminology; the development of garden notebooks; the manipulation of Darwin's theory of evolution; the role played by the Puritans in promoting a plain and clear English scientific prose; Darwinism in the twentieth and twenty-first century British press; and scientific popularisation in Nobel lectures.
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About the Author
Eleonora Chiavetta was formerly an Associate Professor of English at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Palermo. Her research focuses on the analysis of specialized discourse, especially on the study of the genres referring to the domain of botany and gardening, both in a synchronic and diachronic perspective.Silvana Sciarrino was formerly an Associate Professor of English at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Palermo. Her current research focuses on translation studies and the analysis of specialized discourse, on legal translation, and on the language of the law.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations vii
List of Tables ix
Preface Eleonora Chiavetta Silvana Sciarrino xi
Chapter 1 Popular Botanical Terminology in Ireland during the Late Modern English Period: A Diachronic Overview Daniela Cesiri 1
Chapter 2 Private and Non-Private Features in Garden Notes and Notebooks: Mrs. C. W. Earle and Vita Sackville-West Eleonora Chiavetta 17
Chapter 3 Stance in Popularisation: Interaction or Manipulation? Darwin's Theory of Evolution and Related Matters as Presented in George William Hunter's A Civic Biology Presented in Problems (1914) Thomas Christiansen 33
Chapter 4 Talking of Science Again and Again Gabriella Di Martino 57
Chapter 5 The Popularisation of Darwin(ism) in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century British Press: Darwin at Down House Kim Grego 67
Chapter 6 The Popularisation of Scientific Discourse for the Academia from a Diachronic Perspective: The Case of Nobel Lectures Stefania M. Maci 97