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Spoken language in science and the humanities

Jaworska, S. (2019) Spoken language in science and the humanities. In: Dascal, M., Leßmöllmann, A. and Gloning, T. (eds.) Science Communication. Handbooks of Communication Science, 17 (17). De Gruyter Mouton. ISBN 9783110255522 (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

Although a great deal of communication in science and the humanities is conducted through the medium of spoken language, ‘talk’ had long led a shadowy existence in research in science communication and only recently begun to receive scholarly attention. The purpose of this chapter is to offer an overview of this slowly growing body of research. By foregrounding the role and status of participants, this overview focuses on communication 1) between experts, 2) between experts and novices, and 3) experts and lay audiences. In doing so, this chapter provides a comprehensive understanding of the critical role of spoken language in communicating scientific and academic matters across contexts. It shows that spoken language is not just a tool of information exchange but a dynamic and indispensable resource used to interactively co-construct and share knowledge, expertise and evidence. It also raises awareness of the challenges that the different participant constellations pose for effective communication in science and the humanities

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
ID Code:77192
Uncontrolled Keywords:spoken language, audience, interaction, involvement, lecture, seminar, doctor-patient communication, broadcasting
Publisher:De Gruyter Mouton

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